Bevill State Community College students joined legislative leaders and Governor Robert Bentley for the second annual Community College Leadership Day held in Montgomery in March.
Kelsey Boman of Vernon, Jelisa Simon of Reform, Jordan Babb of Hamilton, Josh Phillips of Parrish, and Ricky Woods of Sumiton attended the Leadership Day breakfast followed by an informative legislative session at the State House. During the event, Governor Bentley signed a resolution proclaiming April as National Community College Month.
Prior to presenting the resolution, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich shared a few community college student stories with the audience. Bevill State’s Josh Phillips was included in the highlighted stories.
After high school, Phillips enlisted in the Army. He actively served for over ten years and was deployed oversees on three separate occasions. On February 14, 2005, while in Afghanistan, his vehicle came in contact with an improvised explosive device (IED). As a result of this event, Josh was awarded a Purple Heart and later retired from the military.
Once he returned to civilian life, he worked in the oilfield industry in Texas and was laid off in 2011. At that time, he moved his family back to Walker County and began attending college. Since enrolling at Bevill State, Phillips has maintained a 3.82 GPA in pre-engineering as a full-time student and a husband and father to five children ranging in ages from 4 to 17.
Phillips is involved in numerous community and campus activities. He coaches his children’s baseball and football teams, works with two volunteer fire departments, and volunteers his time to help in the production of his church’s television program. At Bevill State, he assists in the math department as a supplemental instructor and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Sigma Kappa Delta.
“Josh’s story is representative of many community college students who attend full-time while working and raising a family,” said Dr. Anne McNutt, Bevill State President. “The Community College Leadership Day is designed to educate our students and our state leaders on the importance of the community college system for students across the state.”
Photo 1: Pictured (L-R): Front: Dr. Kim Ennis, Jordan Babb, Dr. Anne McNutt, Kelsey Boman, Jelisa Simon. Back: Josh Phillips, Represetative Richard Baughn, Representative Bill Roberts, and Ricky Woods.
Photo 2: Josh Phillips is pictured directly behind Governor Riley as he signs the Community College Month resolution.
Photo 3: Pictured (L-R): Front: Dr. Anne McNutt, Kelsey Boman, Jordan Babb. Back: Ricky Woods, Jelisa Simon, and Josh Phillips.
Students with college officials and legislators
Governor Bentley signing Community College Month Resolution
Bevill President Dr. Anne McNutt with students