With competition from more than 200 community colleges in the southeast, Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) communications team found itself as finalists in two categories of the latest District 2 Medallion Awards through the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations at community and technical colleges. District 2 represents 11 states and spans as far north as West Virginia, south as Florida, west as Louisiana, and includes Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and The Bahamas.

Representatives from PCC learned they were finalists in two categories, Video Shorts (single) and Quick Turn Video. During the District 2 Medallion Awards banquet, in St. Petersburg, Fla., PCC was recognized with second prize for Video Shorts (single), and first prize for Quick Turn Video, where Daniel Statum, Communications Specialist, and Sarah Barham, Graphic Designer and Web Editor, accepted the certificates and award.

“I am thrilled for these two, but honestly, I’m not overly surprised because this is an innovative team that consistently produces high-quality work,” said Beth Townsend, Vice President, Advancement and Communications. “Since they both arrived less than two years ago, Sarah and Daniel collaborate with our employee body to elevate the College’s marketing, visuals, and communication technology and improve the impact and connection we make on and off campus.”

Examples of improvements that Townsend alluded to include a new logo, a new mascot, and updated photos, videos, and on-campus visuals with more visual and technological advances on the way. In collaboration with Barham and Townsend, Statum wrote, produced, and edited the two award winning videos.

“It feels incredible for this team to be recognized at this level, especially when we’re still growing,” said Statum. “It sounds cliché, but I honestly couldn’t do it without my colleagues who offer support with ideas, graphics, and honest constructive feedback. This is a stellar team that earned this award, and there’s more to come.”

In addition to the district awards, NCMPR also presents the Paragon awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges. PCC is, once again, a finalist in two categories: Video Shorts (single) and Academic Catalogue/Class Schedule. The winners will be announced at NCMPR’s national conference in Orlando, Fla. on April 1.

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