Celebrating CAWEE's 50th Anniversary
Bridging School to Career


CAWEE President 

2009-2010; 2013-2014

Robin Whetzel 


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

When the economy took a downward spiral and districts were not funding professional development for Work Experience Coordinators during that time.

One of the greatest challenges was to lead an organization and provide training for our members on a shoestring budget (both terms). Hard decisions were made to not have a large conference in the Spring. as done like the Fall’s . , but still fulfill our Bylaws of providing training for our members. Thus the Work Permit Certification was born.

As President (both terms), more hard decisions had to be made during this time of the collapsing economy . CAWEE had to eliminate our legislative analyst, conference planner, and most appointed positions on the board. Hence, the entire conference has been planned and delivered by your very own CAWEE Board members since that time.

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

I never realized the behind the scenes work that went into putting on all the CAWEE conferences, even when we had a conference planner.

I also didn’t know the many lasting friendships I would gain by being an active participant in the CAWEE organization. It has been very rewarding to work with a group of the hardest workers I know. It’s been a wonderful experience to be surrounded with such talent, dedication and hard working individuals.

What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?

I’m still here and have many goals for our organization and membership if elected to do so.