Melanie Sanchez-Hernandez, a Reynolds School of Journalism graduate, successfully completed the Examination for the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations (CPPR) in August 2020.
The CPPR is an entry-level certificate designed to demonstrate exceptional knowledge of public relations principles from graduates entering the public relations profession. This certificate helps graduates stand out in a competitive hiring process.
“I feel grateful to have had this opportunity to continue furthering my knowledge during such uncertain times,” Sanchez-Hernandez said. “I want to celebrate the little accomplishments in my career as I still navigate this unpredictable job market. I encourage my fellow graduates to continue furthering their skills in any way they can to stay sharp in this field.”
Sanchez-Hernandez is currently freelancing for public relations agencies in southern Nevada and hopes this certificate will set her apart for a full-time position in the industry.
Sanchez-Hernandez graduated from the University of Nevada Reno’s Reynolds School in May 2020 where she was recognized as the Outstanding Public Relations Student of the Year. During her time at the school, she was the account executive for the University of Nevada, Reno’s 2020 Battle Born Bateman Team, leading a group of four students which created a one-month campaign to increase participation in the Nevada Census among college students and Latino families with children. The team’s efforts earned a national honorable mention.
She is the eighth University of Nevada, Reno graduate to earn the CPPR. According to the Public Relations Society of America’s website, more than 320 students from 56 universities and colleges nationwide have earned the certificate.