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About Benjamin Swan

Benjamin Swan was raised in a cattle ranching family in Templeton, California and was active in both 4H and FFA, graduating from Templeton High School in 1992. Swan earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering technology in 1997, then began his master’s degree in
agricultural education and earned his teaching certificate in 1998, all at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo.
Swan taught high school agricultural mechanics at Ripon High School (1999-2002) in the central valley of California while living on and managing the school farm. At the conclusion of the second year of teaching, he completed his master’s degree and was encouraged to seek out a doctoral degree to
become an agricultural teacher educator. At the completion of the third year of teaching at Ripon High School, Swan earned a graduate associate position at The Ohio State University and moved across the country to pursue doctoral studies.
Since earning his doctorate, Swan spent four years at the University of Idaho developing their agricultural teacher education program from 2006-2010. Swan joined his alma mater, Cal Poly, in the Fall of 2010, working specifically with their agricultural teacher education program.
Swan and his wife, Melinda, have 3 boys, Blaze, Bo, and Baxter.


Present Associate Professor, Agricultural Education and Communication, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


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