(Acworth, Ga. – March 16, 2016)
Chattahoochee Technical College’s Executive Director for Adult Education Tamika Phillips has been named runner up for Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) – an award she was nominated for by Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner over the adult education programs for the Technical College System of Georgia.
COABE is a 13,000 member organization that exists to provide leadership, communication, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy opportunities. The commission’s mission is to inspire educators so adults succeed and communities thrive. COABE provides a variety of services, including competitive national-level awards, incentive grants and scholarship opportunities through special funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
“I feel so honored and so thankful to Beverly Smith and the state office team for the nomination. There are so many talented and wonderful administrators in the Adult Education program in Georgia, so I know that this was not an easy task,” Phillips said.
In 2014, Phillips was named executive director over CTC’s Adult Education program, and prior to being appointed to this position, she served as director of adult education, coordinator of instruction and as a correctional instructor at the Muscogee County Schools Adult Education Program in Columbus, Ga. At each level of professional service, Phillips has been actively involved with curriculum and instructional leadership initiatives that enabled her to demonstrate originality, imagination, scholarly preparation and competence in the delivery of training to adult teachers and administrative staff. She is an educator, motivational speaker and community activist who seeks to encourage, empower and equip others with the tools they need to succeed in this world.
“In my daily routine at Chattahoochee Technical College, I strive to work each day as if it were my first day on the job. I wake up daily with the mind set of doing my absolute best and focusing on the areas I can improve to make each day better than the day before,” Phillips said.
Phillips, who was an honor graduate of G.W. Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services and a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Troy State University. She is currently earning a doctoral degree in Counselor Education at Argosy University.
Outside of CTC, Phillips has done extensive volunteer work through community and civic organizations. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 100 Women on the Move, Bartow Collaborative, Cherokee FOCUS, Pickens CLCP, Cherokee County CLCP, Literacy Alliance, The Bridge Program and Georgia Association of Women in Higher Education. She has been the recipient of the Mountain Movers Community Service Award and was named American Business Women’s Association’s Woman of the Year in 2010.