Celebrating CAWEE's 50th Anniversary
Bridging School to Career


CAWEE President 2012-2013

Patti Gordinier


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

One of my challenges during my presidency was to find out what districts offered work experience throughout the state. Another challenge was to acknowledge the change in who issues work permits and to reach out to classified as well as certificated work permit issuers and to make work permit trainings something that occurs throughout the state and not just once a year at the CAWEE state conference.

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

For several years I attended CAWEE conferences and always felt they were well organized and really about helping work experience teachers and work permit issuers. I always felt so welcome and felt the passion from those who were actively involved in this organization. I decided to run for the board and later served as president. I treasure the professional and personal friendships I have made over the years.

What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?

When my tenure ended I continued to serve as a work permit trainer throughout the state. I have been retired for two years now. I’ve enjoyed doing more with my grandchildren and have now become my great niece’s guardian. So I am now the parent of a 15 year old. Actually at 66, I’m still trying decide what I want to be when I grow up.

Best wishes to all at this 50th CAWEE celebration.