Kentucky Teacher Wins ACTE Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award
January 13, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Tony Brannon as the 2014 ACTE Outstanding Career and Technical Educator. Brannon is the dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. As the Region II winner of ACTE's Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award, Brannon was one of five finalists competing for the national title. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical programs. Brannon was announced as the national winner during the ACTE Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brannon has secured more than $8.5 million in grants to support his career and technical education programs, which have been adopted at other institutions and statewide. A pioneer in the field, Brannon leads by his maxim: "Academic education isn't education unless it is vocational, and vocational education isn't education unless it is academic." Brannon proudly calls himself a product of CTE and has been involved in a number of CTE affiliated organizations throughout his career. During his unprecedented two terms as chair of the Kentucky FFA Foundation, the annual fund increased by 50 percent, a permanent full-time director was hired, and Brannon wrote and secured a $2 million perpetual funding grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board.
To motivate students to score well on the Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA), Brannon led in the development of a statewide articulation agreement for agricultural education, which allowed qualified students passing the KOSSA to earn three hours of college credit at their institution of choice. He also developed and continues to help coordinate the Racer Academy of Agriculture, a program that offers dual credit at the high school and university levels in four classes developed by the Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture. In the past year, more than 250 students from 35 different high schools across the state received credit in this academy. Not only are Brannon's CTE programs considered academic, but the college credit they offer saves students thousands of dollars and helps launch their college careers.
The ACTE Awards Banquet was sponsored by Cisco, Kuder Inc., Stratasys, CEV Multimedia Ltd. Certiport, Successful Practices Network and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.