Last month at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations National Conference in Seattle, Monroe County Community College's Office of Marketing and Communications won two national Paragon Awards for outstanding achievement in community college marketing communications.

The college took Silver for its “Online MCCC Viewbook” and Bronze for its “A Pathway for Every Dreamer Print Ad.”

NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges, and its prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges.

As one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,500 members from nearly 550 colleges across the U.S. and Canada.

There were 47 categories and more than 1,500 entries from 210 community and technical colleges across the country. 

MCCC’s Online Viewbook can be found here:  The winning print ad is displayed below.

MCCC's Office of Marketing Communications team includes Joe Verkennes, director of marketing and communications; Doug Richter, graphic designer; Michelle Gaynier, communications specialist; Beth Waldvogel, coordinator of web services, and Janel Boss, assistant to the director of marketing and communications and the executive director of The Foundation at MCCC.

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 lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. 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

Joe Verkennes with Awards photo

MCCC Director of Marketing and Communications Joe Verkennes poses with the college's
national Paragon Awards 
last month at the National Council for Marketing and Public
Relations National Conference in Seattle.

Marketing & Communications

Joe Verkennes
Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161

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