Brandon Hudson, vice president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville, has been selected to join the 2019 class of the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), a year-long immersion in leadership development activities for career and technical educators.
This is the program’s inaugural class and has only 20 members from postsecondary institutions offering career and technical education (CTE) across the nation. Hudson is the only class member selected from Tennessee.
“Brandon’s selection to participate is a true testament to his dedication to career and technical education,” said TCAT Shelbyville President Laura Monks. “We here at TCAT Shelbyville are very proud he was selected and we know he will represent Tennessee well.”
Hudson has served at TCAT Shelbyville for one year. He previously was coordinator of special programs at TCAT Nashville. He has also worked with the Tennessee Department of Education where he served as the secondary state director for two career and technical student organizations -- SkillsUSA and FCCLA. He earned an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Education from Middle Tennessee State University; a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University, and a post-graduate certificate in Community College Leadership from East Tennessee State University. He is currently enrolled in the Higher Education Leadership doctoral program at ETSU.
The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (PLSP) is a new initiative at ACTE and is funded with a grant from ECMC Foundation, a national philanthropic organization working to improve postsecondary educational outcomes. PLSP will engage CTE postsecondary professionals in such leadership development activities as creating personal development plans, attending virtual and in-person professional development sessions, sharing best practices in the field and working with mentors. The ECMC grant will cover the costs of travel and other expenses for class members. The first class will convene for the first time next month at a national policy seminar in Arlington, Va., followed by at least three other sessions later in the year.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville offers training programs leading to diplomas and certificates in 13 different, high-demand career and technical education fields, at the main campus in Shelbyville and teaching locations in Fayetteville, Lewisburg, Tullahoma and Winchester. Most students may attend tuition-free through the Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grants and other financial aid programs. The college also offers high school students dual-enrollment opportunities in which they can earn both high school and college credit and, in some programs, nationally recognized industry certifications. Explore TCAT Shelbyville or schedule a visit at https://tcatshelbyville.edu/
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.