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Meet Melissa Lyon
Program Director

Melissa Lyon recently joined Golden West College as Director of International and Intercultural Programs.  Before coming to GWC, she was the Director of International Student Services at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).  At CSULB, she oversaw international events and programs, federal regulatory compliance, first-year academic advising, and the development of international student support services. 

Melissa received bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, and a master’s degree in Communication Studies from CSULB.  International and intercultural education has long been a passion of hers, so it’s not surprising that her career began with ESL teaching, then teaching Communication Studies, and finally International Student Program management. 

Melissa loves talking about, teaching, and engaging in intercultural communication. Her other interests include travel, reading, and trying new restaurants. Her childhood was spent in Huntington Beach, and she now lives nearby in Long Beach, California.

Contact Information:
714-8958146 ext. 3


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