If you weren't able to attend the 2021 Virtual Conference, here are some highlights:
Brandon Roderick Tucker, a United States Air Force Veteran, is a seasoned hands-on leader that has vast experience in developing people and teams that contribute to an organization's mission and objectives. He began his career in public service providing direct talent acquisition and retention services for a host of companies (from small businesses to large fortune 100 and 200 companies).
He later transitioned to leading a team of professionals in a non-profit setting that provided diversity recruiting to local companies and job development and training to individuals with barriers to employment. Through his creative leadership he successfully expanded the organization's capacity and portfolio to begin providing temporary staffing to a local government entity.
Brandon then successfully build and led a team at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI that provides training and development, organizational development, recruiting, and business engagement services to individuals and companies across various sectors including private, government, higher education and non-profit.
His success led him to being selected as the Academic Dean for the Advanced Technology & Public Services Careers division, one of the most diverse academic units on campus. In this role, Brandon served as the academic and administrative leader for the Division which includes the areas of Automotive Services, Auto Body Repair, Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Technology, Welding & Fabrication, HVAC, Criminal Justice, Child Care, and the Police Academy.
A nationally certified workforce development professional, today Brandon serves as the Associate Vice President of Workforce & Community Development at Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI) overseeing the strategy for engaging with both corporate and community partners through a wide array of services that help organizations and individuals drive success and attainment of goals.
He serves as the President and Chief Knowledge Officer of Inspire II Greatness, a consulting and people development company that specializes in helping organizations and their team members with workforce challenges including Generational Differences.
Brandon holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree with a dual concentration in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from The University of Toledo. He currently is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toledo.
He has received numerous awards for his service to the community and contributions to the profession of Workforce Development including the Emerging Leader Award (AA Legacy Project), the 2011 Edward Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum (University of Toledo Alumni Association), 20 Under 40 Award (Toledo Business Journal), 40 Under 40 (Crains’ Business Detroit) and was awarded a Fulbright Educational Administrators Award where he traveled to Germany and studied the German education system.
Brandon has served on numerous local non-profit boards and is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he holds several local, regional, and national offices including Past Ohio District Director, Immediate Past National Chairman of Leadership Development and the current Alpha Xi Lambda Chapter President. Licensed as a minister in 2006 and ordained in 2010, he presently serves as the Senior Pastor of Transformation Church in Toledo.
He is the loving husband to Tia Nicole and father to daughter Layla Grace.
The Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association (MOSPA) is pleased to welcome K-12 educators, post-secondary faculty and staff, community partners, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals to attend the 2021 virtual State MOSPA Conference for free! Each year the state conference committee puts together an event that meets both the expressed wishes and diverse needs of our attendees. That means we are trying to make sure each time slot offers speakers and topics of interest to both secondary and post-secondary conference attende
The 2021 MOSPA Conference planning committee would like to introduce you to Edge. Edge was selected through a competitive bid to work with the Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association for this years’ conference. Edge is a full-service marketing, public relations, advertising, and events agency. Edge will deliver all conference communication regarding the 2021 MOSPA Conference via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please take the necessary steps now to ensure these communications are delivered to your inbox rather than your Spam folder so you do not miss important updates. We appreciate your continued support and thank you for being part of MOSPA. The 2021 conference will be held virtually on Friday, May 7, 2021.
Please block off your calendars and make plans to attend. The conference will be split into two parts. Part I : 9:00 am -12:00 pm and Part II: 1:00 pm - 4 pm. The committee thanks you for your continued support and patience. More conference details will be coming soon. Thank you for being a part of MOSPA.
Chef James Simmons, President 2019-21
The Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association (MOSPA) is pleased to welcome K-12 educators, Post-Secondary faculty and staff, community partners, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals to attend the State MOSPA Conference.
We invite you to nominate an outstanding individual, program, or community partner who has gone above and beyond to support Special Populations (SPOP) and/or Occupational Programs/Career Technical Education. Five award categories are available for nominations and one winner from secondary and one winner from post-secondary will be selected for each category. See the Awards & Recognition tab for more details on how you can submit a nomination.
Each year the state conference committee puts together an event that meets both the expressed wishes and the diverse needs of our attendees. That means we are trying to make sure that each time slot offers speakers and topics of interest to both secondary and post-secondary conference-goers. If you find the conference a good fit for you each year, remember that it was designed with you in mind. Wait to see what we have in store for you!
Every year all registered conference participants are invited to the hospitality room for an opportunity to network, socialize, and enjoy refreshments. We will host a door prize drawing on Friday morning at the conference wrap-up. Please help out by bringing a gift to donate and drop them off at the conference check in table upon your arrival. It sure would be great if everyone received a prize!
The 45th Annual State MOSPA conference will be held May 6-8, 2020 at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, MI.
Please note that May 6th will be comprised of conference registration, a MOSPA board meeting (3pm-4:30pm), and a networking opportunity during the hospitality event.