(Santa Ana, CA) – Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) has named Lynn Stewart, director, global trade and logistics initiative.
In this role, Stewart serves as a Deputy Sector Navigator-Global Trade and Logistics Initiative in concert with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division’s Doing What Matters Initiative. As the deputy sector navigator for region G (Los Angeles/Orange Counties), Stewart works with a collaborative of businesses and educational institutions in Orange County to help close the state’s skills gaps by providing in-demand skills for employers, creating relevant career pathways and stackable credential programs, promoting student success, and helping Californians enter the workforce.
Through the RSCCD Center for International Trade Development (CITD), one of 10 community college-based locations across the state, Stewart helps deliver the following international trade assistance to small- and medium-sized companies in different industries at no cost:
- One-on-one, confidential business consulting
- Technical assistance in aiding and identifying distributors, matching buyers and sellers, assisting with contract negotiation, strategic planning for business expansion, business financing, and international marketing
- In-bound and out-bound trade missions
- Export and import workshops and seminars
- International trade research
- International trade provider referrals
- Low- or no-cost training programs
- Resources and trade leads
- Training for current workers
- Access to qualified college students for internships
Stewart has over 20 years of international trade experience and was recently director of global trade and logistics at Long Beach City College. She also served as deputy sector navigator – global trade and logistics for the Los Angeles region. Previously, she served as trade consultant and business advisor for the Small Business Development Center and the CITD in Long Beach. In those roles, she provided export/import counseling, as well as export training seminars for interested businesses. She was also a subject matter expert and faculty member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program providing training in sales and marketing for participating business owners.
Since 2000, Stewart has been an adjunct instructor in the Global Business and Entrepreneurship Program at Santa Ana College where she was recognized as Adjunct Faculty of the Year for 2013. She has taught classes in marketing, international marketing, international market research, promoting products and services overseas, and international finance. She has also served as an adjunct business instructor for Argosy University.
Prior to that, Stewart spent several years as director of international sales and marketing for an environmental company. She has also had her own consulting firm providing assistance to small companies in international and domestic marketing and management endeavors.
Stewart holds a master’s degree in business administration with a global business specialty from Norwich University (Northfield, VT) and a B.A. in consumer affairs with a minor in marketing from California State University, Long Beach. She is also a National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) International Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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