Achievements in adult education and literacy in Iowa were celebrated at the Adult Education and Literacy Summer Conference held June 28 – 30, 2023.
Nancy Davis, an education coordinator for adult education and literacy programs at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), was named as this year’s Archie Willard Award recipient as Iowa’s top adult education and literacy educator. Davis has been an educator at WITCC for 15 years and has fulfilled numerous roles in the adult education and literacy field, including instructor, tutor, Adult Basic Education (ABE) specialist and education coordinator. “Nancy is a valued leader in the English Language Learners (ELL) department,” said Pamela Woolridge, WITCC’s director of English Language Learners and Adult Basic Education and one of three colleagues who submitted the nomination for Davis. “She means so much to our program and deserves to be recognized for her incredible contributions. The Western Iowa Tech ELL program wouldn’t be the same without her.”
Additionally, two students received the Outstanding Adult Learner Award in adult education and literacy. Mohamed Mohamed from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Micah Price from North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) were both awarded for their achievements in learning.
Sponsored by the Iowa Literacy Council and Iowa Department of Education, the two awards highlight individual excellence in adult education and literacy programs found at Iowa’s 15 community colleges. The Outstanding Adult Learner award recognizes exceptional student achievements in adult education and literacy, and both Mohamed and Price were recognized for their perseverance and commitment to furthering their education.
As part of their award, Mohamed and Price each received a $250 prize as well as a certificate commemorating the honor. Winners for both awards were selected from nominations submitted by staff in adult education and literacy programs from across the state.