Awards & Grants

2020 COABE Awards Nominations

We’re committed to honoring the best of the best in our field!  We are pleased to announce the winners of the COABE National Awards. Thank you to the generous funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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2020 Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year

$10,000

The Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year 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.

Cecilia DeLeon

Cecilia DeLeon
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Washington


2020 Outstanding Adult Education Teacher of the Year

$10,000

The Outstanding Adult Education Teacher of the Year, 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.

Brigette Kutschma
Badger Community Education and Walworth County Literacy Council
Wisconsin


2020 Outstanding Administrator of the Year

$10,000

The Outstanding Administrator of the Year 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.

Anson Green
Texas Workforce Commission/Adult Education and Literacy
Texas


2020 Outstanding Workplace of the Year

$2,000

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) calls for Title 1 and Title 2 partners to work together. Does your local program work well with a Title 1 provider? Do you have a great partnership with a business in the workforce sector? If so, please consider nominating your workforce partners for the Outstanding Workplace of the Year Award!

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
South Dakota


2020 Local Advocate of the Year

$2,000

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 the Local Excellence in Advocacy!

Bonnie Entler

Bonnie Entler
Seeds of Literacy
Ohio


2020 State Innovation Award

$2,000

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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State of Nebraska Statewide Language Access
Nebraska


2020 COABE Scholarship Grant

$2,000

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.

Dalanda Bond

Dalanda Bond
Edgecombe Community College
North Carolina


2020 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.

Brooke Istas
Cowley College and Southern Methodist University
Texas