Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges

2020 PPWCC LogoNISOD and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education are proud to announce the 5th annual Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges (PPWCC) award. The PPWCC recognizes community and technical college exceptional 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.

This prestigious recognition can be used by recipients to promote their commitment to providing campuses where all individuals and groups feel welcomed, respected, and valued. The most committed NISOD member colleges are recognized as Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges Award Recipients, profiled in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and receive “Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” awards during NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges Award Recipients are also provided with 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.

This international survey is administered by Do Good Work Educational Consulting.

“Seward County Community College embodies the spirit, pride, and brilliant energy shared by our college team, students, and local community,” said Dr. Kenneth J. Trzaska, president of 2015, 2016, and 2017 recipient Seward County Community College. “In keeping with the High Plains way of life, we inspire each other to be a top-notch institution focused on service to each other in order to shape and inspire our students to make a genuine difference in the world.”


  • November 4, 2019: PPWCC launches
  • January 17, 2020: Survey closes
  • May 14, 2020: Special PPWCC issue released by Diverse
  • May 23-26, 2020: PPWCC-awarded colleges recognized during NISOD’s annual conference (presidents of the recognized institutions receive a complimentary registration to the conference)

Press Release

Current Recipients

Past Recipients

Photos from the 2019 NISOD Conference

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South Seattle College

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Pierpont Community and Technical College

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Palm Beach State College

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Northeast Lakeview College

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Mountain View College

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Montgomery County Community College

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Malcolm X College

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Garden City Community College

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Arkansas State University Mid-South

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Madison Area Technical College


Only NISOD member colleges are eligible to apply for and receive the Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges Award.

Contact Nicole Novelli at or (512) 471-7545 or
Ralph Newell at or (703) 385-2981, ext. 3013 for additional information.