Brandon Protas serves as a Strategy Director with Complete College America (CCA). He leads the Momentum pillar of strategies which includes Credit for Competency, Multiple Measures, Corequisite Support, Dual Enrollment, and 15 to Finish / Stay on Track. He also supports CCA Alliance members in the West. Brandon is passionate about the role of education as a public good to improve society and as a vehicle to transform individual lives. He utilizes an equity lens to center students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and first-generation students. Prior to joining CCA, Brandon worked for nine years at Community College of Denver directing their concurrent enrollment program. He led the college through accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). He subsequently served on both the NACEP and Colorado concurrent enrollment advisory boards. Brandon also worked for more than a decade in the K12 system in the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona in a variety of capacities including social work, community building, and college readiness programming. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. AREAS OF EXPERTISE -Dual enrollment -Corequisite support

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