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Dr. Lynn Shaw

Dr. Lynn Shaw has her Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Claremont University and San Diego State and is an Electrical Technology Professor at Long Beach City College. She currently is on loan to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, working on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development. She served as Co-Chair of the Taskforce on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy.

She has worked as a miner, steelworker, longshore worker and journeylevel electrician. She served 4 years as the fulltime faculty union President for Long Beach City College. She is the past Los Angeles Chair of the California Community Colleges Regional Consortia for Los Angeles and Orange County. This project works to connect the 28 community colleges with business and industry and other stakeholders in workforce and economic development.

She is often a featured speaker on the topics of career technical education, women in nontraditional careers, and apprenticeship.

In the 1980’s when Dr. Shaw was frustrated with being the only woman on construction job sites she founded WINTER, Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles, a non-profit organization. WINTER began simply, as an informal support network for women working in the skilled trades and others who wanted these high paying careers. WINTER educates and trains women preparing them for non-traditional and high skill high wage union construction careers.