The Public Affairs and Communications office at Allan Hancock College has been recognized by its peers across the state. The department won five awards from the Community College Public Relations O28thrganization (CCPRO) for its advertising and design work during the organization’s 2017 conference. CCPRO includes community college public relations professionals from across California.

“To be recognized by our colleagues and peers is one of the highest honors,” said Andrew Masuda, director of Public Affairs and Communications at Hancock. “The awards are a testament to the college’s creative and talented staff, who can turn a vision into art that commands attention and conveys important messages.”

The five winning print, advertising and promotional items, called “PRO Awards,” were in the competition categories of poster, direct mailer/postcard/flyer, sports program, and commencement program.

The home football schedule won first place in the poster category, while the poster publicizing the college’s Friday Night Science event took second place. A Thanksgiving card featuring 12 Hancock students on the cover and inside of the card won first place in the direct mailer/postcard/flyer category. The college’s 2015 football media guide took home second place for sports program, while the 2016 Commencement program earned a third place award.

In congratulating both Public Affairs and Campus Graphics, the college’s design and print shop that outputs nearly 20 million impressions annually, Masuda emphasized the importance of what they do.

“We are the communicators, the messengers, the big thinkers who also attend to the smallest details. It all matters because the work of community colleges matters,” said Masuda.