Step:Forward Wins Four NCMPR Medallion Awards

Step:Forward Campaign Wins Four NCMPR Medallion Awards

Foundation's communications and technology team recognized with four awards for Step:Forward priority registration campaign.

The Foundation’s communications and technology team, in partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, was honored with four Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), District 6. The team’s work was selected from entries submitted by community colleges throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications. 

The Step:Forward campaign was funded through a grant from The Kresge Foundation—a private foundation that works to create opportunities for low-income individuals and improve communities nationwide. The campaign aims to help students understand priority registration and get the courses they need to succeed, and is a key part of the Student Success Initiative, launched in 2012 by the Board of Governors and state Chancellor’s Office. 

The individuals awarded for their work include:

Foundation for California Community Colleges

  • Melissa Conner, Vice President of Advancement
  • Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Communications and Technology 
  • Emily Robinson, Director of Technology and Special Projects
  • Catherine Foss, Communications Specialist
  • Nancy Pryor, External Affairs Manager
  • Kyle Hagel, Online Communications Specialist
  • John Pastor, Marketing and Communications Coordinator 
  • Ryan Bradley, Communications Assistant 

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

  • Patrick Perry, Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Paul Feist, Vice Chancellor of Communications
  • Linda Michaelowski, Vice Chancellor of Student Services
  • Paige Marlatt-Dorr, Director of Communications
  • Debra Sheldon, Specialist, Student Services and Special Programs


  • Amy Supinger, Student Success 
  • Lucha Ortega, Student Services 
  • Mike Cody, Programming

Butte College Technology Center

  • Tim Calhoon, Director 

Medallion Awards List


Gold, Successful Recruitment or Marketing Program 
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Gold, Microsite
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Gold, Poster, Series 
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Silver, Video Shorts
Step:Forward Priority Registration Videos |
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About the California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation. It is composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community Colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. |

About the Foundation for California Community Colleges

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. |

About The Kresge Foundation The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, community development and our place-based efforts in Detroit. In 2013, the Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million; $144 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, Kresge’s Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $16 million in 2013. Kresge’s Education Program works to post-secondary access and success for low-income, first generation and underrepresented students. |




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