Middlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has been recognized for outstanding work by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at its recent national conference in Portland, Oregon. Middlesex was awarded two 2014 Paragon Awards: A Bronze Award for Profiles, the college magazine; and a Bronze Award for its New Student Welcome Packet.

“Winning two national NCMPR awards is certainly an honor,” said Jennifer Aradhya, MCC Director of Marketing Communications. “To have our work singled out and acknowledged by our colleagues from around the country makes our efforts to tell the Middlesex story all the more rewarding.”

Affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. NCMPR’s prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It’s the only national competition of its kind that exclusively honors excellence among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

Published twice a year, Profiles magazine spotlights MCC’s many talented people, programs and community partnerships. The fall 2013 issue focused on Health & STEM, including the new Health & STEM Pathways Center and ground-breaking Biotechnology Program. The spring 2014 issue focused on the Arts & Humanities and featured interviews with music, art, theater and writing faculty, current students studying the arts, and alumni who are pursuing their artistic passions beyond Middlesex.

Created in conjunction with the Admissions Office, the New Student Welcome Packet is one of the first items new Middlesex students receive from the college. Designed to hold a variety of loose information sheets about important new-student topics, the folder itself features essential general college info, such as how to enroll in courses, apply for financial aid, or join in extra- curricular activities.

Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate more than 13,000 students annually on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses. At Middlesex, everyone teaches, everyone learns.