CCAE State Awards Archive
Throughout the years, the California Council for Adult Education has upheld a tradition of recognizing outstanding accomplishments in service of adult schools, adult employees, and adult school students. To view a complete list of all previous CCAE State Award Recipients, download the CCAE State Awards Archive (PDF).
GEORGE C. MANN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
George C. Mann served as the Chief of the Bureau of Adult Education and Executive Secretary for CCAE in the 1940’s and 1950’s. During his twenty-two year career as an adult education leader, the concept of public school adult education in California went from dream to reality. His affectionate nickname, “Mr. Adult Education,” was inspired by his devotion and tireless work on behalf of public school adult education. It is fitting that our highest honor bears his name.
DONALD A. MCCUNE COLLABORATIVE AWARD
This award honors the memory of Donald A. McCune who was Director of the Adult, Alternative, and Continuing Education Division of the State Department of Education, when he was killed while piloting his own plane in 1986. As an administrator, educator, and advocate for adult programs, he received numerous honors and awards. He served as the CCAE Board Liaison from the SDE and was selected by President Reagan to serve on the Training Committee of the White House Conference on Productivity. He was also a member of the Board of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. He held a doctoral degree from Stanford University and authored a number of national publications in the field of adult literacy.
DR. ROBERT RUPERT AWARD
This award honors the memory of Dr. Robert Rupert whose 23 year career in adult education culminated in his service as the Assistant Superintendent of Adult and Occupational Education in the Los Angeles City Unified School District. He began his career teaching junior high school science then, quickly moved into adult education. As an administrator, he was well known for his belief that adult administrators hold positions that demand a twenty-four hour-a-day commitment. The list of his service in the AEALA and CCAE is too long to include here, as is the list of his awards and honors. In words too brief, he put into place many important changes and led adult education with unmatched dedication and wisdom.
AWARD OF MERIT
This award is designed to honor adult educators who have performed outstanding statewide service to CCAE.
CITATION OF MERIT
Not all important contributions to adult education are made by education professionals! Business people and community members provide contributions that deserve recognition, as this award is designed to do.
PARTNERS IN ADULT EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD
Contributions to adult education are made by many educational and community organizations. These groups have made a positive impact on student learning and their contributions deserve recognition, as this award is designed to do.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD
At retirement, we look back on our careers with enviable clarity. We see where we succeeded and where we learned to perfect our skills. This award is presented to retiring or retired CCAE members, who have had outstanding service to CCAE at the chapter, section, or state levels.
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
Everyday, gifted teachers reach out and touch their students’ hearts and souls. Adult education teachers truly understand that learning is lifelong, and they give their expertise to anyone with a thirst for knowledge.
EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORT SERVICES AWARD
This award recognizes outstanding service to CCAE at the chapter, section, or state levels by a classified employee.