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Marketing Team Honored With National Paragon Award

Posted May 8, 2020 at 8:30 am

Marketing and Communications at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently earned national recognition for its efforts in design and marketing through logo wear.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) awarded Penn Highlands Community College a silver Paragon Award in the Logo Wear category, for the design of the college’s “Black Bear Country” sweatshirt. Penn Highlands received this coveted, national honor among two-year colleges at NCMPR’s annual awards event.

“Being nationally recognized for the work we do in promoting Penn Highlands Community College is fantastic,” stated Raymond Weible, Jr., Director of Marketing and Communications at Penn Highlands Community College. “This award, along with all other regional and national level awards, highlights the commitment and effort that is put forth daily to highlight Penn Highlands as a premier institution.”

This is the department’s second national award. It has also earned sixteen regional awards since 2015.

The members of Marketing & Communications that participated in this initiative consist of the following:

Raymond Weible, Jr. is the Director of Marketing & Communications, and he has spearheaded a multitude of web, digital media, and overall brand initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, both from West Virginia University.

Sean McCool is the Creative Services & Marketing Specialist and focuses heavily on photography, graphic/web design, video production, brand integration, and more for the College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Emerging Technology and Multimedia from Slippery Rock University.

Andrew Podolak is the Marketing & Communications Assistant and serves as an integral member of the team, playing a role across all initiatives. His focus includes writing, social media, campaign planning, and more. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Pittsburgh.

The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior, and technical colleges. NCMPR provides professional development opportunities, advocates on behalf of the profession and the institutions it serves, and recognizes professional excellence.

NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. They are one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, representing more than 1,550 members from over 650 colleges across the United States, Canada, and other countries.

Pennsylvania Highlands is a part of District 1, which includes schools from Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, and United Kingdom.