Ashland Community & Technical College welcomes a new dean this week to its campus.

Todd Brand is ACTC's new dean of academic affairs and chief academic officer. He comes to the Tri-State from Mississippi.

“What I like about community colleges is they are tailor-made to meet the needs of local communities,” said Brand. “Community colleges are positioned to be players in the local economy, and we’ve seen that role expand in the last decade more than any of us thought."

We agree. Today we welcome Mr. Brand to our community. We also would like to take a moment today to reinforce what many of us know -- ACTC is a very important part of Ashland, the Tri-State and its economic future. ACTC is training and teaching our future workers, leaders and business owners.

On Monday classes start back up at ACTC. On Friday there will be a picnic to welcome back staff.

From The Daily Independent to all those at ACTC, we wish everyone a great school year and encourage the students to enjoy this time of learning.

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