Anyone who has ever met Dr. Joni Swanson knows she is very passionate about her work and about helping students get a quality education. Joni has been one of NACEP’s dedicated volunteers for 12 years. She has served a number of roles including presenting at NACEP conferences, serving as a session host during NACEP conferences, chairing the Secondary School Partners committee, attending NACEP Board meetings, introducing speakers at the National Conferences, and serving as an ambassador to NACEP by presenting with fellow NACEP members at other national conventions, and at NACEP regional events.
Joni is the Executive Director, Teaching & Learning at the Mount Vernon School District in Mount Vernon, Washington. She has been chairing NACEP’s Secondary School Partners committee since 2011 and has worked tirelessly to give the secondary school partners more of a voice within the NACEP organization.
Joni has started Dual Enrollment programs with Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois and Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, Washington.
When asked how she started volunteering for NACEP she replied, “I started going to the research committee meetings because I was in my PhD program and wanted to learn more about the types of research projects that the organization and its members were conducting.”
“My best memory volunteering for NACEP was introducing Melinda Mechur Karp at the National Conference. I was so excited to do this because I have utilized her research and appreciate her dedication to support students’ abilities to learn at the college level before high school graduation,” said Joni.
Joni said one of the things she has learned about NACEP and concurrent enrollment programs is, “I have learned that we have a large umbrella, when it comes to members and to the types of programming opportunities that are available to students. Collaboration and communication are vital to a successful program, as well as a strong commitment to meet the NACEP standards for CEP programs.”