Tusculum College alumnus Brian Hand was recently named Adult Learner of the Year by the East Tennessee College Alliance.
Brian Hand, who graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in education from Tusculum College in December, received the award at the group’s Lifelong Learning Luncheon held in Knoxville.
The East Tennessee College Alliance is comprised of 10 non-profit post-secondary institutions in the East Tennessee region.
Hand, who currently lives in Morristown, was born and raised in Great Falls, Mont. and attended classes at the Tusculum College site in Morristown. He was selected to represent the Graduate and Professional Studies program as a commencement speaker in December and has been featured in several college GPS enrollment promotions.
Brian left a lifelong career in law enforcement to return to school. His desire is to begin a second career as an elementary educator in Hamblen County.
Hand served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He is married to Raquel Hand, and the two are proud parents of Megan, age 9, and Kayla, age 7.
The mission of ETCA is to identify work force development needs of the business community and to provide the appropriate educational opportunities to the non-traditional working student. For more information on ETCA visit the website at www.etnca.org.