Center for Learning Connections

The Center for Learning Connections (CLC) designs training and manages projects to help individuals and organizations respond to change and improve quality. We are especially effective in working with educators (at all levels and locations), welfare and workforce development professionals, and community based organizations.

The CLC is a self-supporting office located at, and legally part of, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Washington.

"The mission of the Center for Learning Connections is to prepare learners to manage change and create successful futures. In recognizing the critical link between learning, the changing economy and workplace, our mission serves the needs of diverse populations in making successful transitions in their professional and personal lives. The Center achieves its mission by designing training and managing projects to help individuals and organizations respond to change and improve quality."
History and Background

The Center for Learning Connections (CLC) is the name for the former Northwest Program Development Center, and its major project, the Center for Career and Work-Related Education. The Center's mission has consistently focused on the connection between learning, the changing economy and workplace since its founding in 1978.

One of the Center's initial notable events was a conference entitled Education and the Future of Work, a groundbreaker because it included people from different organizations and agencies who had never attended a conference together. This became a prototype for similar conferences throughout the country.

Since the mid-1980s, the Center has successfully planned and managed organizational conferences, meetings, and projects, as well as designed training for individuals representing a variety of organizations, disciplines and viewpoints.

The Center's Founders:

Dr. Michael Gordon was the Executive Director of the Center for Learning Connections from 1978-2002. Dr. Gordon retired from his position in April 2002. Dr. Julie Jacob was Executive Director from April 2002 through December 2014 . The current Executive Director is Dr. Peter Schmidt.

Dr. Cal Crow is currently the Program Director for the Center of Efficacy and Resiliency, a project of Center for Learning Connections. He holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the Arizona State University. He has been a high school teacher and counselor, a community college program coordinator and instructor, a university lecturer, a counselor in private practice, a trainer and a consultant. He conducted training, made presentations, and facilitated group activities in thirty-three states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Canada, on a variety of topics.

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