November 11, 2020

East Central College received three Silver Cup awards in the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) Medallion Awards.

The ECC communication and marketing team nabbed the second-place trophies, virtually, in the social media, brochure and crises communication categories. The award ceremony was held remotely on Oct. 16.

The NCMPR annually recognizes outstanding achievement in design and communication in each of its seven districts. The Medallion Awards are exclusive to marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges.

ECC is in NCMPR District 5, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

“It was a strange year for many in higher education, and our team rose to the challenge to inform the community about East Central College and promote our programs and successes,” said Gregg Jones, director of communications and marketing.

ECC was presented the Medallion award in the print category for a brochure that explained the benefits, costs and advantages of the welding program.

The crisis communication Silver Cup was awarded to ECC for the college’s work in informing the public and media about the steps ECC was taking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including closures, requirements and its return to campus plan.

Finally, the college received a Silver Cup for its Facebook page in the overall Social Media category.

“It was great to see how well ECC’s Facebook page performed when compared to the many other two-year colleges in the region,” Jones said.

ECC’s communication and marketing team is comprised of Vice President of External Relations Joel Doepker, External Relations Executive Administrative Assistant Hannah Domino, Coordinator of Web Services Andy Kolb, Multimedia Specialists Sara Padgett and Amanda Studdard, and Jones.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations is the leading professional development association exclusively serving those working in communication at two-year community and technical colleges.

NCMPR provides professional development opportunities, advocates on behalf of the profession and the institutions it serves, and recognizes professional excellence. NCMPR has more than 1,700 members from nearly 650 colleges across the United States and Canada.





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