Celebrating CAWEE's 50th Anniversary
Bridging School to Career


CAWEE President

2005-2006; 2007-08

Thomas Anderson


What were the challenges you faced as a member of and as president of CAWEE?

No challenges, just opportunities. During my presidency the strategic planning committee was formed through a grant awarded by CDE to the Elk Grove Unified School District in which Susan Abate was named project trainer and coordinator for the Work Experience Educators Resource Assistance Network (WEERAN). Three major goals were identified by the Strategic Planning Committee in August 2005 to be accomplished in 3 years.

A. Promote quality programs that meet California Education Code Standards and CTE Model Curriculum Standards. Accomplished Spring 2006.
B. Increase membership to 250 active members. Accomplished May 2006. Active membership increased to 309.
C. Create and Implement a Professional Development Program for Work Experience Educators and other Work-Based Learning Professionals. Accomplished Spring 2006.

What interesting memories do you have of your CAWEE experiences at conferences, meetings, etc?

A. The increase in numbers attending conferences during my terms as president 2005-2006 and 2007-2008.
B. More breakout sessions offered at conferences.
C. Valuable information disseminated at E-Board meetings.
D. Electronic voting started during my first term as president.
E. March 30, 2006 CAWEE adopted the “New” Work Experience Education Framework and Content Standards as well as Language Arts Crosswalk for all public schools in California offering a course in Work Experience Education.
F. Conducted first official Internal Audit Control Review in Spring 2006.

What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?

A. Enjoying retirement
B. Spending quality time with our five grandchildren
C. Traveling