William P. Mohler Community Impact Award

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ABOUT THE William Mohler:

To recognize and support leaders in the community, the KBTC Association a separate  non-profit 501c3 has established the William P. Mohler Community Impact Award. The award is named in William (Bill) P. Mohler's honor because of his disginguished career in education and his passion for public media.  Bill Mohler was the first and longest-serving president of Bates Technical College where he helped thousands of students get the training they need to find jobs, support families and contribute to the economic vitality of Washington.  His dedication to education extended beyond a single institution to supporting access to lifelong learning through leadership at public television stations in Western Washington and advocacy efforts for PBS at a national level.  he was a continuous advocate for education from cradle to career and beyond.


The William P. Mohler Community Impact award is presented annually to an exceptional individual or organization making a positive difference in local efforts to support lifelong learning.  The Award recipient will be announced each year at the annual KBTC Community Breakfast in the spring.



Nominees should meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Commitment to sustained approach to supporting lifelong learning – either in a formal or informal setting
  • Commitment to improving opportunities for all people in the community we serve
  • Demonstrated leadership in providing supportive and positive environments for lifelong learning.


Nomination and Selection Process

Nominators are asked to fill out the nomination form and a short statement of how the nominee meets the eligibility.  Please send the nomination form and statement electronically to sstanton@kbtc.

Contact Us

KBTC Public Television

2320 South 19th Street

Tacoma, WA 98405



(253) 680-7700                                                 


Past Winners Include:


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Tacoma Public School District Superintendent Carla Santorno (2018)









Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-Wa 6th District)  (2017)








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Willie Stewart (2016)  (watch video by clicking here)





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Mini Library Donation  (August 2018)

Mini Library Donation (August 2018)

A quick look at a KBTC-Involve program promoting reading through free "little libraries."

East Side Community Center

East Side Community Center

City of Tacoma opens its newest community center on the East Side of town.