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Jan Swinton


Residence: Fallbrook, California

Organization: Glendale Community College

Occupation: Dean, Workforce Development

First job: Local guitar shop for sales and instruction. Dusted all guitars and equipment, vacuumed shop, and answered phones. 

Philosophy: Pay it forward by mentoring and empowering others.

Favorite music: Appreciate all, but do like to go back to the 60’s – my “growing-up days” of Folk, Motown and Surf, along with Classical music

Favorite TV Show or Movie: More recently, Hidden Figures. It highlights the women of color “computers” who hand calculated space flight details for John Glenn.

Favorite book: Who Owns the Ice House?

What got me interested in my work: I was originally a community college counselor. I loved helping people accentuate their strengths and find their passions. I then began leading projects to help underserved populations achieve their dreams, most notably, women in nontraditional occupations. Being the dean of Workforce Development allows me to help others achieve these goals, and enables me to collaborate with education, business and industry to address workforce-training needs. 

Success is... Helping other people shine in their own right.

Pet Peeve: Long-winded, rule-bound committees to make decisions, instead of just figuring out how to make something work for the benefit of our students, partners and community

Favorite Quote: Keep calm and carry on. (Doing the right thing to empower others).

Current Project: Training high-end autism spectrum students as CNC Machine Operators.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? Under our excellent Entrepreneurship faculty, State Sector Navigators and Deputy Sector Navigators, K-16 partners, local Workforce Development Boards, City and County Economic Development Boards, and local business and industry, our Entrepreneurship program has evolved into a vibrant, thriving entity for our students. Their LIFE (Lean in for Entrepreneurship) club is active hosting speakers, workshops, and activities, along with an excellent speaker series highlighting contemporary entrepreneurs. They actively participated with our city when it hosted a Pitch Fest as part of Tech Week activities. Their LinkedIn profiles are professional, and the student life president is now interning at LexusEdge badging. I also value the amazing colleagues I have met through NACCE networking. I am always so inspired and filled with new ideas by them. 

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