“Going to Claremont Graduate University profoundly changed the way I view the world and how I act in it. The world of knowledge, dialogue, deconstruction and pedagogy are gifts that have guided my career direction and life.”
Lynn Shaw (PhD in Education, 2001)
Professor of Electrical Technology, Long Beach City College
Founder and President of the Board of Directors for WINTER (Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles)
Before enrolling in the PhD program in Educational Policy at CGU, Dr. Lynn Shaw (PhD ’01) worked as a miner, steelworker, longshore worker and journey level electrician. Passionate about women working in careers that pay a living wage, Lynn used her research at CGU to become an expert on the issues of women in non-traditional careers, apprenticeship, and Career and Technical Education.
Describing herself as “relentless about finding ways to encourage women to seek high wage, high skill careers,” she now serves as Professor of Electrical Technology at Long Beach City College. In addition to teaching, she is also the founder and President of the Board of Directors for WINTER, Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles, a non-profit organization that trains and supports women seeking non-traditional careers and serves as their advocate in the workplace. WINTER also operates the Rosie the Riveter High School in Long Beach, California, a charter school founded by Dr. Shaw in 2007.
She and her husband also own and operate an art gallery and concert space out of their home.
About making an investment in herself at CGU, Dr. Shaw remains enthusiastic. “I spent a lot of money to get a degree, but I don't regret one penny. It was so worth it!”