A veteran of her industry, Ellen Young accrued more than 50 years of experience in educational administration before she retired. Her most recent position was disability services director at Oxnard College, which she held for 16 years. There, as expert in learning disability education, she was responsible for planning and evaluating programs, accommodating students with disabilities, and evaluating employees. She also handled all academic and disability counseling and wrote reports and grants.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Young earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education. She also completed certification and master’s coursework in educational administration. She became involved in her profession through a natural progression of opportunities. She began her career as a third-grade teacher, and worked with special education as a teacher, administrator and instructor training teacher-in-service. In 1990, she began working in postsecondary education. Moving forward in her retirement, she plans to travel, spend time with her granddaughter, and work small jobs within the education industry.
Ms. Young is the former president of the California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability. Additionally, she supports the Museum of Tolerance, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the local school.
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