Outstanding Adult Learner Micah Price
Outstanding Adult Learner Micah Price

Achievements in adult education and literacy in Iowa were celebrated today with two awards given at the 2023 Adult Education and Literacy Summer Conference [link removed] in Ankeny.

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.

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.

Named for Archie Willard, a pioneer of and advocate for adult education and literacy, the annual Archie Willard Award honors professionals who are making an impact in adult education and literacy programs. To qualify, awardees must currently work in an Iowa adult education and literacy program and have at least 12 months experience.

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.”

Outstanding Adult Learner Mohamed Mohamed
Outstanding Adult Learner Mohamed Mohamed

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.

“We are proud to highlight Mohamed and Micah for their achievements,” said Helene Fein, executive director of the Iowa Literacy Council. “They are a great representation of Iowa’s adult learners.”

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.