Lori Yellen

Advisor, Career Services

Although I was born in New York, my family moved to California when I was very young, and that it where I grew up. When it was time for college I had no clue as to what I wanted to do with my life. Fortunately California has an exemplary community college system, and if it were not for that, I might still be lost. As someone who came up through the community college system, I cannot express my joy and enthusiasm for the College of Western Idaho enough.

As I mentioned previously, I came up through the community college system. There I was able to enroll in whatever interested me until I finally found my passion for psychology. I eventually matriculated to San Jose State University and earned a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. After working in a residential treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents for a year, I realized that a Master’s degree was necessary in order to evolve in the field of psychology. I continued to work at this facility through graduate school and finally received a M.A. in Counseling in 1998 from Santa Clara University. After graduate school I veered away from psychology and entered into the field of social work. There I stayed for about the next ten years. My specialty was working with youth that were aging out of the foster care system, so when I moved to Idaho I was hired by Health and Welfare to oversee the foster care and independent living programs. After a few years and some soul searching, I realized that I needed a new direction. So I cultivated my creative side and now sell my artwork and have also found my way back to my first love, psychology. I am also a full time Advisor at CWI and run the Career and College Transfer Center.