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Brandon Tucker, a member of our Michigan Community College Leadership Doctoral Cohort, Crain’s forty under 40 for the class of 2017

BRANDON TUCKER | CRAIN’S DETROIT
PUBLISHED ON SEPT. 29, 2017

Brandon Tucker has always had a passion to help others succeed. So when Washtenaw Community College received a $4.4 million Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (STEP) grant from the State of Michigan — matched by their board with $3.6 million — Tucker wanted it to mean more than building renovations and equipment.

Through Tucker’s leadership, the college retooled its curriculum to align with the new technology the grant brought in, focusing on autonomous and connected vehicles.

“Our goal at WCC is to help prepare the workforce for what is not coming, but is already here.” — Brandon Tucker

“We saw the need and where the industry was going, like the need to train the technicians that support the engineers,” Tucker said, also crediting WCC president Dr. Rose B. Bellanca for her vision. “Our goal at WCC is to help prepare the workforce for what is not coming, but is already here.”

The new direction also allows WCC to partner with organizations like University of Michigan’s MCity, the world’s first controlled environment designed to test connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, and the Square One Education Network, which provides grants to educators developing tomorrow’s workforce. These partnerships allow students to graduate from the program more well-rounded and with hands-on experience.

Tucker said the new program has received nothing but great reviews from both students and the industry since its 2016 launch.

“Everyone needs education, inspiration, and empowerment,” said Tucker, who is also an assistant preacher with a mission to serve. “Nothing excites me more than when a person achieves even greater success than they thought possible.”

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