West Hills College District earns public relations awards from state organization

From West Hills College
Students hitting the books in new West Hills College new Student Union.
Students hitting the books in new West Hills College new Student Union.

The statewide Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) has singled out West Hills Community College District for its marketing work during the past year as part of its annual CCPRO awards.

West Hills Community College District was recognized with four awards at NCMPR’s annual awards dinner, held in Los Angeles on April 20. WHCCD was one of only 38 colleges and college districts statewide honored.

“It’s an honor to lead our small but mighty marketing team and to be recognized for our work,” said Amber Myrick, Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Information for the West Hills Community College District. “All colleges in attendance were complimentary of the work we produced and interested in how we accomplish what we do with such a small team. Our work is relevant to our demographic and has set the standard high for other community and technical colleges.”

WHCCD won two first place awards, one second place award and one third place award. The first-place awards were given for media success—for WHCCD’s work in the promotion of a story related to a West Hills College Coalinga student and his success in the world of agriculture app creation—and in the Before & After category for the creation of a brochure for WHCC’s international students program.

WHCCD placed second in the wild card category for the Fly Crew social media team project. The Fly Crew is a team of students— located at West Hills College Coalinga, West Hills College Lemoore and North District Center, Firebaugh—who create social media posts and cover college events. The team was created in Fall 2016 and have been active since.

A silver, third place award was also received for best feature story, for an article by WHCCD marketing assistant Jamie Applegate in the Fall 2016 issue of West Hills Magazine. 

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