Tracy Orne: JWCC Director of Public Relations and Marketing

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job?

  • Every day is different in my current position, but the most rewarding part is knowing our team’s work is focused on making affordable education available to everyone.

How do I use various communication proficiencies in my work?

  • Every day I’m writing and presenting in some way whether it is creating press releases and blogs or sharing new campaign ideas and tactics. However, listening, reading non-verbal cues, and building relationships are crucial proficiencies in any communicator’s daily work.
  • Those are the skills that I try the hardest to implement in all of my professional and personal interactions.

What surprised me about my career?

  • A recent surprise in my career is the need for me to write and understand computer coding.

Here’s my number one piece of advice for Communication undergrads:

  • Intern and gain as much practical experience as soon as possible.  Begin freshman year and try to learn about communication in various sectors on the public and private side.

Class Year:

  • 1996

Previous jobs since graduation:

  • Executive Director, Quincy Notre Dame Foundation, Director of Public Relations, Quincy University, Transfer and International Admissions Representative, Quincy University

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