SOAR Awards

With opportunities for Tennesseans to attend college at an all-time high thanks fo Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, the Tennessee Board of Regents is proud to honor six outstanding students, faculty and staff members and two colleges of the year in its second annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards.

The six individual SOAR Award winners represent Motlow State and Nashville State community colleges, and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) at Elizabethton, Knoxville and Paris.

And the first Partnership of the Year SOAR Award goes to TCATs Jacksboro and Oneida/Huntsville for a partnership they established, along with Somerset Community College in neighboring Kentucky, to address workforce needs in four economically distressed Tennessee counties and four in Kentucky.

 

2021 SOAR Awards Information

PREVIOUS SOAR AWARD WINNERS

Community College of the Year
Columbia State Community College 

Technical College of the Year
TCAT Shelbyville 

Students of the Year, Community College
Deborah Carol Hale, a pre-K education major, Chattanooga State Community College.

Student of the Year, Technical College
Brian Shanley, a collision repair major, TCAT Oneida-Huntsville.

Faculty Member of the Year, Community College
Candace Justice, director of instructional design and associate professor of English, Walters State Community College.

Faculty Member of the Year, Technical College
Jennifer Wright, technology foundations instructor, TCAT Shelbyville.

Staff Member of the Year, Community College
L. Angela Webb, director of police services and public safety at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Staff Member of the Year, Technical College
Rob Alford, special industry training coordinator, TCAT Pulaski.

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Community College of the Year
Roane State Community College

Technical College of the Year
TCAT Hohenwald

Students of the Year, Community College
Dominic Marcoaldi, Nashville State Community College

Student of the Year, Technical College
Ryan Olivia Cross, TCAT Paris

Faculty Member of the Year, Community College
Kathleen McAdams, Nashville State Community College

Faculty Member of the Year, Technical College
Mike Sledzinski, TCAT Knoxville

Staff Member of the Year, Community College
Sharon Edwards, Motlow State Community College

Staff Member of the Year, Technical College
John Lee, TCAT Elizabethton

SPONSORS

SOAR would not be possible without support from amazing partners to TBR—The College System of Tennessee which include:

Event Sponsors
The Ayers Foundation
BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee

Education Champion 
AT&T Tennessee
Denark Construction
Staples

College Champion 
First Horizon
Follett Higher Education Group
Orcutt Winslow

Friends of TBR 
AllianceBernstein
Armistead Group
BarberMcMurry Architects
Bill and Pam Summons
Milek Media
WellVia