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Lynell Wiggins

Lynell Wiggins, Counselor

Lynell grew up in Central Los Angeles with an observant heart and a questioning eye. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of education in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University, Lynell would use the four-year private and public landscape as his training ground for learning to propel students forward. While at Occidental College he participated as a qualitative researcher in the Diversity Scorecard Project through the University of Southern California and forever became committed to the idea of increasing equity and excellence on college campuses. After concluding years of work as a residential and student affairs professional he transitioned to the public two-year setting as an adjunct counselor in 2004. He has used his first-generation/low-income reality as a periscope for helping students locate obstacles and prepare for life’s challenges as a counseling faculty member, by providing oversight to an African American themed transfer learning community, as a TRIO/Student Support Services counselor, by coordinating a student athlete community of over 550 students, and through serving as a CTE Counselor. Over the years he has participated on committees such as the CTE SB70/Tech Prep Directors, the Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Consortia, the Los Angeles County Community College Workforce Collaborative (LACCCWC), the PUSD Linked Learning Leadership Team, the Career Pathways Trust Grant Writing & Implementation Team, the Statewide Pathways Steering Committee, and as a founding member of the Pasadena Academic & Career Trust (PACT). After years of accumulated higher education experience, on July 2013, he was hired as a tenured track Counselor assigned to the Career Technical Education division at Pasadena City College, where he helps to build career pathways and forms vital dual credit links throughout the Pasadena Area Community College District.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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