Celebrating CAWEE's 50th Anniversary
Bridging School to Career


CAWEE President 2010-2011

Lori Jepson 


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

The biggest challenge I faced as President in 2010 was the elimination of many Work Experience programs across California, due to the State’s budget crisis. As a board we had to educate school districts and their staffs who had been given the responsibility to issue work permits. With the elimination of many programs we also saw a decline in CAWEE membership, which provided the opportunity to expand our Work Permit Certification Program and reach out to other Work Based Learning Professionals.

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

I have many good memories of CAWEE conferences and planning meetings. Meeting Kimberly Born in Monterey, learning how to plan and hold a successful conference and conducting workshops on Non-Paid Internships (EWEE & CTEWEE).

The most memorable time was in Sacramento; the State Department of Education’s staff was not able to enter the hotel, as there was a labor dispute, so we had to bus and make meal arrangements for the Work Permit Certification class to be held at the CDE Offices instead of the hotel. During the 5 years served on the State Board and I will have to say I most enjoyed our conference at Del Mar, we had record attendance and we were able to fund the CAWEE Scholarship program and build up our cash reserves. I also had lots of fun e-mailing and coordinating the conference registrations during my President/Past President years because I was really able to connect on a more personal level with our members.

What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?

Since leaving the CAWEE Board I have continued to be active as the West Inland Secretary, President and Past-President. My WE program now has nearly 25 local employers who host WE Interns and I am active with the Montclair Chamber of Commerce. Last year I received the Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity Celebrating Partnership, Building Block Award for the work done with their Re-Store. I also serve as the Department Chair for Work Experience for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, where I am proud to say we have 10 Work Experience Coordinators!

On a personal level my son is now a junior at the California Maritime Academy and my husband and I are enjoying traveling, starting a plumeria growing business/hobby, and enjoying our time in Oceanside when we can get away.