THE GOAL IS SIMPLE

The TCOE Awards are meant to publicly and meaningfully recognize great people and organizations who have the most tremendous impact on our state’s high quality transportation-related education programs.

We are proud to sponsor these awards to educators, advocates, supporters, and industry partners, for their outstanding contributions to the field of transportation education.  Award recipients are nominated by their peers and are selected by the TCOE Awards Committee each spring. 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.


2021 Award Recipients

Learn more about these amazing award winners!

Let’s Nominate

Your participation through nominating colleagues, faculty, 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. The deadline for submissions is June 1st, nominations can be submitted at any time.

Please review the TCOE Awards Criteria before filling out the nomination

Award categories


Hall of Fame
Commemorates lifetime contributions to transportation education in Minnesota.

Outstanding Educator of the Year
Celebrates educational and instructional excellence in the field of transportation teaching and learning.

Outstanding New Educator of the Year
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
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
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
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
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.

Detailed descriptions are located in the Awards Criteria