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PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Recognizes Lynn Shaw With Outstanding Faculty Award

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Lynn Shaw as co-recipient of the John Vasconcellos Advocate of the Year award for 2016. The award is presented to an outstanding full-time California Community College faculty member who demonstrates exemplary work in statewide advocacy.

An instructor of Electrical Technology at Long Beach City College, Shaw was appointed as co-chair of the statewide Chancellor’s Office Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. The recommendations of the Task Force were unanimously approved this November by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and are expected to significantly improve the funding and delivery of Career Technical Education (CTE) in the community colleges. In addition to her role on the Workforce Task Force, Shaw has been a long-time union leader, and active member of the Long Beach City College Academic Senate.

“Lynn has long been a strong advocate for the faculty voice in leadership roles with both the union and the academic senate at Long Beach City College,” said David Morse, President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and faculty member at Long Beach City College. “She has always stood strong in calling attention to the needs of CTE programs and students.  With the Workforce Task Force she had the opportunity to bring her passion and strength to the discussion of CTE at the state level, and the entire system has benefitted from her contributions to the task force.”

The award will be presented to Shaw at FACCC’s upcoming Advocacy & Policy Conference, February 28-29, in Sacramento. Joining Shaw as the second co-recipient is Sharon Hendricks of Los Angeles City College and the CalSTRS Teachers Retirement Board. Both Shaw and Hendricks were nominated by faculty colleagues and selected for the award after consideration of worthy faculty candidates from across the state.