By Steve Hoemberg
Director of Outreach
Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence
It’s not a new thing for the TCOE to be part of recognizing outstanding instructors, educational programs, and industry partners in transportation. What is new, is the “vehicle” by which we will now be “delivering” it!
THE GOAL IS SIMPLE:
To publicly, and meaningfully, recognize those great people and organizations who have the most tremendous impact on our state’s high quality transportation-related education programs.
Beginning this year, the TCOE is proud to sponsor awards to educators, advocates, supporters, and industry partners, for their outstanding contributions to the field of transportation-related education. Award winners are nominated by their peers, and recipients of these awards are selected at a regular scheduled meeting of the TCOE Awards Committee. The Awards Committee reserves the right to withhold conference of any award in any given year, which is an industry standard for programs such as these. All nominations shall be kept in an active file for up to three years, and may be extended at the discretion of the Awards Committee. This is to ensure that the best candidates have every opportunity to be recognized, even if they are nominated on a year with an above-average group of nominees. The nomination process is straightforward and relatively painless. Your participation through nominating your colleagues, staff, teachers, and industry partners is strongly encouraged. Nominators are asked to provide some basic information about the candidate, as well as a minimum of three letters of recommendation from varied sources (a letter from the nominator counts as one of those letters). A detailed description of the nomination process, as well as criteria for each award, will soon be available on our website, www.minntran.org. Deadline for nominations is March 31.
We sincerely hope you will use this opportunity to help us recognize, and promote, the good work that is happening across the state of Minnesota in transportation education. Please review below, the awards and their descriptions. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCOE Awards and Brief Description
Hall of Fame (HOF)
The HOF award commemorates lifetime contributions to transportation education in Minnesota.
Outstanding Educator of the Year (EOY)
The EOY award celebrates educational and instructional excellence in the field of transportation teaching and learning.
Outstanding New Educator of the Year (ONEOY)
The ONEOY award recognizes early-career educators who demonstrate a deep commitment to, and potential for, excellence in the field of transportation teaching and learning.
Exemplary College Program of the Year (ECPOY)
The ECPOY award showcases post-secondary level transportation programs that serve as exemplary models of institutional support, instructional leadership, and program-wide excellence.
Exemplary Secondary Program of the Year (ESPOY)
The ESPOY award showcases post-secondary level transportation programs that serve as exemplary models of institutional support, instructional leadership, and program-wide excellence.
Transportation Program Supporter of the Year (TPSOY)
The TPSOY award applauds the efforts of individuals and/or industry partners across Minnesota who have demonstrated exemplary support, through gifts of their time, talent, or resources, of transportation-related educational programs.
Academic Professional of the Year (APOY)
The APOY award recognizes the efforts of an academic professional from Minnesota who has demonstrated exemplary job performance through their high quality work and steadfast support of transportation-related educational programs.