NISOD and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Name 2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges

Austin, TX, May 18, 2017– The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education are excited to announce the 2017 Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges (PPWCC) award winners.

This is the third year for the award, which recognizes community and technical college commitments to diversity (including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, class, veterans, and thought) through best-in-class student and staff recruitment and retention practices, inclusive learning and working environments, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities.

“We are proud to honor these colleges for their sustained commitment to diversity,” said Edward Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “We are also pleased about the increased number of applications this year. It shows that more colleges appreciate how critical diversity and inclusion initiatives are to their campuses and communities.”

As part of the partnership, Diverse magazine will feature the 2017 PPCWW award recipients in its May 18 edition.

The 2017 Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges award winners are:

Blinn College
El Centro College
Montgomery County Community College
Mountain View College
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Pierpont Community and Technical College
Seward County Community College
South Florida State College
Southwest Virginia Community College
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
Tallahassee Community College

These award-winning institutions will be recognized at NISOD’s International Conference of Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 27-30, in Austin, Texas. Additionally, award recipients receive a specially-designed logo that can be used to promote the institution’s commitment to diversity during student and staff recruitment efforts, as well as during other times when recipients want to highlight their commitment to diversity.

To learn more about the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges awards, visit

About Diverse
Since 1984, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine has been the nation’s premier publication covering the issues pertaining to underrepresented minorities in American higher education. Reaching more than 200,000 readers biweekly, Diverse has been recognized for its in-depth news coverage, provocative commentary, insightful special reports, and original research.

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. For community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars, NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources. For nearly 40 years, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align our wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.” For more information about NISOD, visit

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