2021 COABE National Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2021 National Awards!
Join us for the prestigious national award event that will take place on March 24th at the national conference. Details to follow!

2021 Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year

The Outstanding Adult Learner Award is provided to a student who has demonstrated leadership within the formal or non-traditional learning environments. This award is given to a student who has overcome difficult circumstances to pursue adult learning, who has supported other adult learners, and who has managed significant adult responsibilities such as those related to employment, family or community.

Charlotte Knox
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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2021 Outstanding Teacher of the Year

The Outstanding Teacher, Edgar M. Easley Award, is provided to a practitioner with five or more years of adult education teaching experience that participates in school and community activities. This award is given to an individual who understands the characteristics of the adult learner and who is committed to the adult/continuing education profession.

Consuelo Carrillo
Pima Community College

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2021 Outstanding Administrator of the Year

The Outstanding Administrator Award is awarded to an adult education administrator with five or more years of experience who has made an outstanding contribution toward fostering the concept of education as a continuing life-process. The awardee must demonstrate a contribution to adult education at the community, state, and/or national levels.

Konnie McCollum
River Valley Resources, Inc

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2021 State Innovation of the Year

Does your state have an exciting new initiative or best practice that can be scaled and replicated in other states? If so, please consider nominating your state for State Innovation Award. Entries typically highlight state agencies, state associations, or state led consortium, however entries are not limited to these categories.


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2021 Local Excellence in Advocacy

COABE places a high emphasis on members advocating for adult education at the local, state, and federal level. Did you take action when we sent our legislative alerts encouraging the field to contact their legislators? Did you invite your representative to visit your program? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for Local Excellence in Advocacy!

Morgan VonHaden
South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center (SDSFEC)
South Dakota

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2021 Advancing Workforce Development for Adult Learners Award

COABE’s Workforce Development Award honors one of the following: Workforce Development Board, Workplace / Employer, or Adult Education Program that has implemented programming or initiatives that advance career pathways and workforce opportunities for adult learners. Adult Education programs, associations or state offices may submit nominations for organizations or programs that have advanced workforce development for adult learners through best practices that integrate workforce skills training with adult education and are responsive to regional or local workforce needs.

The Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB)

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2021 Scholarship Award

The COABE Scholarship Grant is presented to recipients to fund, or partially fund, college level courses of study that will advance the professional standing of COABE practitioners. Examples of scholarships include employees or volunteers in the field of adult basic education earning a degree or a state certificate/credential; obtaining an ESL certificate; teacher/counselor obtaining counselor/administrative credential; earning an advanced degree in adult education.

Kelly Thomas
Plymouth State University
New Hampshire

Kelly Thomas

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2021 Incentive Grant Award
Up to $2,500

The COABE Incentive Grant Award is presented to recipients to support activities or projects in the field of adult basic education through the secondary level.

Tammy Siverson
Nebraska Department of Education

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