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October 21, 2016

Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 

Most Among Michigan Community Colleges, Third-most in 5 States and 1 Province

MONROE, Mich. – Monroe County Community College won 10 District 3 Medallion Awards for community college communications on Tuesday night at the District 3 Conference of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations in Ann Arbor – more than any other community college in Michigan and the third-most in the five states and one province that comprise the district.

NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that connects marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges, and its Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communication, honoring excellence exclusively at two-year colleges.  District 3 includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario.

The only two colleges in District 3 that won more awards than MCCC were Ivy Tech Community College, which is a statewide community college with nearly 100,000 students, and Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois, which has about 17,000 students.  MCCC has an enrollment of 3,144 students.

Other Michigan community colleges that won awards included Jackson College (9), Kellogg Community College (8), Northwest Michigan College (3) Oakland Community College (2), Washtenaw Community College (2) and West Shore Community College (1).  There are 28 community college in Michigan.

MCCC’s awards included two Gold, five Silver and three Bronze.  Below is a breakdown of the awards:

  • Gold:  Lifelong Learning Schedule
  • Gold:  Current Affairs and Diversity Flier Series
  • Silver:  TV Ad: “I AM MCCC - Chef Ad”
  • Silver:  2014-15 Annual Report to the Community
  • Silver:  "Education Matters” with Dr. Kojo Quartey (TV Program)
  • Silver:  “WE ARE MCCC” Online Advertising
  • Silver:  Antiques in April Poster
  • Bronze:  “Quick Guide for Adult College Students” Brochure
  • Bronze: 2015-16 Campus/Community Events Season Poster Series
  • Bronze:  TV Ad Series: “General Ad, Nurse, Financial Planner”

The college’s Office of Marketing and Communications was responsible for the development of all of the award-winning projects. 


Photo Identification:  Employees in MCCC's Marketing and Communications Office and The Foundation at MCCC display the 10 marketing and public relations awards won by MCCC.  From left, Doug Richter, student Caroline Hudson, Janel Boss, Joe Verkennes and Kari Jenkins.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  

The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at