Brian Pearson, recently retired superintendent of Gaylord Community Schools, has been selected to guide the Otsego Career Access Network (OCAN) effective September 1, 2022.  Mr. Pearson is a highly respected professional who brings a collaborative mindset combined with significant experience to his new role with OCAN, a cross-sector alliance established to further the completion of training beyond high school.  Brian is excited to assume the Coordinator role, helping OCAN to build on its initial planning efforts by making a meaningful impact on the success of students and adult learners in Otsego County.

Pearson spent a successful career working as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in Otsego County schools, most recently as the Superintendent for Gaylord Community Schools.  His in-depth understanding of local communities and ability to bring diverse groups of people together around a common goal are a natural fit with OCAN.  Pearson holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance, and additional credentials in School Improvement, Administration and Educational Leadership.   

“I’m passionate about training and education, and confident that removing barriers will enable people in our local communities to be prepared for success.  We know that opportunities to earn a living wage in today’s workforce typically require training and education after high school – whether through certification or degree programs.  I feel that by working together, we can assure that our youth and working adults obtain the advanced training and education they need to succeed, and I look forward to helping guide this important effort.”  

OCAN is a bold commitment across a wide range of organizations in Otsego County – from schools and higher education, employment, government, philanthropy, and non-profit sectors – to enhance local access and success in attaining advanced training and education.  The alliance seeks to assure that today’s youth and working adults have the skills needed to succeed in our 21st century workforce.  The Otsego Community Foundation serves as the anchor organization for OCAN, one of over 23 similar networks throughout Michigan.  For more information similar efforts statewide, visit