In an effort to recognize a member institution with a unique, spirited, and outstanding record of community service, ACCET has established the Thomas R. Tillia Community Service Award in honor of the late Thomas R. Tillia of Elwood City, Pennsylvania. Thomas “Tom” Tillia dutifully served ACCET for over 20 years working both as Commission Representative and as Commission Chair. Apart from being the co-founder of a successful institution that provided computer services and educational opportunities to thousands in surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, he is most remembered as a devoted and ever-committed member of the all-volunteer organization, The Red Barn Theatre, toward which his creativity, resourcefulness, and inspirational energy have ultimately defined his legacy. In his years of service to The Red Barn, Tom wore many hats. He served as an actor, a director, a producer, a member of the board of directors, vice president, president, a friend, confidant, comedian, and a mentor. To this day, The Red Barn, continues to honor Tom for his past productions that delight patrons and artists in the community.
The Thomas R. Tillia Community Service Award is presented to one institution each year at the ACCET Annual Conference. This award recognizes a school that demonstrates an ongoing, positive impact on its local community by benefiting the people, and/or the infrastructure, and/or the natural environment. ACCET welcomes applications from all member institutions that are currently accredited and in good standing. Institutions on “Show Cause” status can only submit an application once this status has been vacated.