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TCC Distinguished Alumni

Epitomizing Excellence

Each year, the Tacoma Community College Foundation honors and celebrates alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements. Established in 2006, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes former students of Tacoma Community College who serve as role models for the next generation of community leaders. The categories for nomination are as follows:

  • Significant Career or Personal Achievement
    Nominees in this category have made significant career or personal achievement accomplishments. Their work and impact have established them as a leader in their respective field and they have been recognized for their exceptional achievement.
  • Significant Service to Tacoma Community College and/or the Community
    Nominees in this category have had an important impact through service to TCC or the local community. Their work and contributions have advanced the mission of TCC: As the community’s college, we create meaningful learning, advance equity, and strengthen student and community success. Nominees have demonstrated an extraordinary record of service to TCC or to the community in general.

Nominate a Distinguished Alumn

If you would like to nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumni award, fill out the nomination form. You may also submit any additional materials such as a resume, news articles, brief letters of support from a nominee’s colleagues, and other materials.

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Andre Stout - 2016

When he decided to launch a second career as an educator, youth basketball coach Andre Stout came to TCC. He earned his associate's degree in 1998, followed by a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, Tacoma in 2002. He would return to UW-Tacoma to earn his Master of Education in 2009. Stout is currently the principal at Truman Middle School in Tacoma.

A committed educator, Stout taught in the classroom for years before taking the next step to become a school administrator. He also served as a basketball coach and successfully integrated the value of education with his coaching.

As a basketball coach, he required his team to spend the first hour of practice reading to their coaches and each other, a practice that significantly increased the athletes’ reading levels.

“He kept emphasizing that basketball is just for a short while, but learning will carry you through the rest of your life,” said the late Pastor Dick Foege, whose grandson was among the many youth Stout’s mentoring positively impacted.

Pastor Foege was so impressed with Stout’s tenacity and insistence that all youth receive an education that he created a TCC Foundation scholarship in Stout’s name. Stout is credited with designing and implementing a reading fluency program that has been adopted by the Boys and Girls Club of America. He’s also responsible for creating a mentoring program at Steilacoom High School for “turnaround students.” In the program, teachers and other staff members closely follow the progress of identified students and assist them with their high school careers. The program shifts the balance of interactions with these students to one where school officials assume the role of advocates

Stout has fond memories of the time he spent at TCC, and appreciates the support his instructors gave him when he returned to school as a single parent. The scholarship named in his honor has helped 10 students receive an education at TCC.

Past Honorees

2015 - Ali Criss, Financial Advisor

2015 - Vernelda Savoy, Managing Nurse

2014 - James Curtis, Attorney

2014 - Chris Anderson, CEO 2bridges

2013 - Connie Ladenburg, City Councilor, Congresswoman, Social Worker

2012 - Dave Burmark, High School Counselor

2011 - Dr. Walter Nolte, University President

2010 - Ed Troyer, Law Enforcement

2009 - Jim Walton, City Manager

2008 - Fred Stabbert, Businessman/CEO

2007 - Brian Sonntag, Banker, County Clerk, Auditor

2006 - John Hall, Financial Services CEO