The North Central P-16 Council recently announced the 2021 BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Award winners. The BEST Award celebrates the accomplishments of community leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs. It recognizes those who share knowledge and expertise, advocate, and foster student success in pre-K through postsecondary education. The P-16 Council is made up of area secondary school educators, higher education leaders and businesspeople. It is led by Volunteer State Community College. The goal of P-16 is to promote the relationship between education and the value of work, develop a highly trained workforce, and create a culture of lifelong learning by positively impacting student success through awareness, advocacy, and action. The BEST Award winners were honored by the Council at the October meeting.The 2021 award winners are shown here with Vol State President, Orinthia Montague and Assistant Vice President for Economic and Community Development, Hilary Marabeti. Robertson County- Asailio “Ace” Timmermeir, United Way of Greater Nashville; Macon County- Marcus Smith, Modern Structures; Trousdale County- Charly Lyons, Tennessee Central Economic Authority; Sumner County- Mike and Lindy Gaughan, RE/Max Choice Properties; Wilson County- Tom Nelson, accepted by Mike Turturice, Performance Foodservice.