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The Economic and Work​force Development (EWD) Division at Shasta College is an integral part of the California Community Colleges and its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, investing funding and resources in industry sectors that are key to California's economic growth. EWD's industry-specific workforce services are coordinated through a system of sector specialists that align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors and occupational clusters through a regional focus. The goal is to invest in the skills of California's workforce – now and in the future  through partnerships with business and industry that result in highly specialized industry training, technical consulting, and business development. The end result is to meet industry's need for skilled workers. Shasta College is host to three industry-specific Deputy Sector Navigator grants in Advanced Manufacturing, Small Business, and Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technologi​es.  



Division Contacts

Eva Jimenez Dean of EWD.Eva Jimenez, Associate Vice President
Economic and Workforce Development

Eva Jimenez currently serves as Dean of Economic and Workforce Development where she manages grant managers and is responsible for the outcomes of numerous grants totaling close to $15 million. Many of these grants involve partnerships with K-12 and community industry partners. Ms. Jimenez began her journey at Shasta College as a business instructor fourteen years ago. She delivered courses in business management, marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership and other business-related topics. Ms. Jimenez played an integral role in delivering customer service modules to many community partners during her instructional years. For the past six years, Ms. Jimenez has served as an instructional administrator, which allows her to utilize her twenty years of private-industry management experience. 
Currently, Ms. Jimenez serves on several committees. She is a member of the Redding Rotary, the Lassen Park Foundation, the Girls Inc. Executive Team, and the Dignity Health North State Advisory Board. Additionally, Ms. Jimenez is President-elect of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education and President of the Shasta College Foundation.
Prior to Shasta College, Ms. Jimenez worked for a financial institution in Sacramento, California where she managed over 180 employees. Ms. Jimenez has earned her master’s degree in business administration, which coupled with over twenty years of experience in professional, organized, and customer-oriented environments is a testament to her drive and passion for the promotion of economic growth through high quality education and services that focus on workforce improvement.

Robert Bowman STEP-UP Program Manager
Robert Bowman, STEP-UP Program Manager
Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership

As Program Manager for the Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership (STEP-UP), Robert manages a grant of over $330,000. He coordinates all aspects of the program while serving as the primary liaison between Shasta College and the STEP-UP partner agencies: Good News Rescue Mission, California Heritage YouthBuild Academy, Shasta County Probation Department, and Shasta County Sheriff's Office. Robert is a Shasta College alum and received his bachelor's degree in human resource management and business administration from Simpson College and his master's degree in human resource management from National University. 
Prior to coming to Shasta College, he served as Employment Support Specialist for the National Guard Bureau and California National Guard. Robert is a twenty year Army veteran who is presently assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters in Sacramento as a Senior Human Resources Leader. Robert's military assignments included tours in Panama, Germany, South Korea, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. 
Robert is a gradu​ate of Leadership Redding and is Past President of the Northern California Medical Managers Association and a Commitee Chair for Nor-Cal Think Pink. Robert serves as Adjutant for the Adjutant General Regimental Association. 

Chelsea Hendershot Small Business DSNChelsea Hendershot
Senior Project Coordinator
California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT)

Chelsea Hendershot is a Senior Project Coordinator for Shasta College in the Economic and Workforce Development division. Chelsea currently manages the Pathways 2 Possibilities (California Trust) grant, connecting the community college system with local K-12 districts​.

Chelsea graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in business. Throughout college, Chelsea worked for a non-profit organization that coordinated summer programs for middle school and high school students that allowed them to gain valuable work experience. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority as well as Chi Alpha. After college, she spent eight years working corporate America in pharmaceutical sales. She worked the majority of her career at Pfizer with some time spent at Glaxo Smith Kline as well as Sanofi Aventis. 

HeatheHeather Kelnhofer AgWET DSNr Kelnhofer, Deputy Sector Navigator
Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technologies

Heather Kelnhofer is the DSN of Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technology. As the DSN, Heather works diligently to create pathways from high schools to the seven community colleges that she serves in the Far North Region. Working with industry partners to identify skill gaps and industry needs, she plays a vital role in developing a strong workforce in Northern California. Heather, a Shasta College alumn, holds a bachelor’s degree in business and human resource management from Simpson University and is currently pursuing her MBA through CSU Dominguez Hills.

Prior to coming to Shasta College, she was a Program Supervisor at the Smart Business Resource Center, and she has over eight years’ experience in workforce development and grants management. Heather was nominated for the 2011 Spotlight of Distinction Award, as well as the 2013 20 Under 40 Award. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Redding Elementary School District as well as a Leadership Redding alumni. Heather also serves as a co-lead for the Northstate STEM Career Day committee.
Rachelle Modena Staff Photo.jpgRachelle Modena, Deputy Sector Navigator
Small Business


Rachelle Modena is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Small Business serving the Far North Region. The community colleges that Rachelle serves in this region are Shasta College, College of the Siskiyous, Butte College, College of the Redwoods, Mendocino College, Lassen College and Feather River College. Rachelle's focus as a DSN is a strong workforce achieved through supporting local high school and college educators along with industry partners to weave the most recent science in entrepreneurship and workforce development. This focus builds successful college to career pathways while growing the economy. Examples of projects supporting this effort include; YEP (Youth Entrepreneurship Program), "Get a Taste of Success" statewide Business Plan Pitch Competition, Women in Business Conference, 2017 North State Economic Forecast Conference and Counseling 2 Careers. For a list of upcoming projects please visit the Shasta College EWD events page (coming soon!).

Rachelle holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Simpson University and is a Shasta College alum. Rachelle served two years in AmeriCorps providing education and outreach to strengthen families and prevent child abuse. Prior to joining the Shasta College team Rachelle served the local community for 14 years at the Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC), a non-profit, the last five as Deputy Director and Executive Director.  


Charles Pooler.jpgCharlie Pooler, Deputy Sector Navigator
Advanced Manufacturing
Charlie Pooler is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing based at Shasta College, who serves the Far North high school, community colleges, and our associated industrial partners. By fostering communication between industry experts, educators, students, as well as the Shasta College Economic and Workforce Development team, Charlie will assist in adding value to current advanced manufacturing pathways and curricula for our Northern California communities.
Charlie is a Northern California native, and a product of the Community College system. After earning an Associate of Science degree at Butte College, he transferred to California State University Chico. Charlie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Manufacturing, and a Professional Sciences Masters in Sustainable Development and Technology, both from Chico State. Shortly after graduating, Charlie was approached by CSU Chico faculty and asked to teach courses in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing. Charlie has spent the last five years implementing advanced manufacturing principles in higher education. Chances are, if Charlie is not in his office, he is in the shop on an engine lathe or operating a machining center with students and faculty for fun.
Prior to teaching at Chico State, Charlie held positions for local Northern California manufacturing firms that created products that ranged in scope and complexity. Examples include the design and development of agricultural based heavy equipment, to being assigned in research and development (R&D) on more advanced sustainable technologies like hybrid Solar Thermal Photovoltaic Panels and Thermal Energy Storage Systems. Charlie plans to pull from these  experiences in an effort to foster sustained growth in advanced manufacturing opportunities for the public and private sectors here in the Northern California region.  
Lorrie E. Berry, Program Coordinator
Community Education - and - Business & Industry Contract Education
Lorrie has been with Shasta College as the Coordinator for Contract & Community Education since 2006. As the Community Education Coordinator, Lorrie develops programs that provide for the needs of our community in the areas of personal growth and professional development. Her passion is lifelong learning.  She enjoys bringing that passion to the community by developing quality classes that challenge, inform, entertain, and enrich lives - classes that provide opportunities for learning new skills or expanding existing ones.  
As the coordinator for Contract Education, Lorrie is committed to providing services that respond to the workforce training needs of business and industry within our local communities. Contract Education services respond to the needs of businesses - helping to prepare their workforce to be competitive in an increasingly competitive global market. She works closely with local businesses and community partners to assess training needs and through Contract Education, coordinates the development and delivery of in-demand solutions to meet economic and workforce development challenges.
Prior to coming to Shasta College, Lorrie worked 17 years for the local WIOA Service Provider (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), the Smart Business Resource Center. Over the years she held multiple positions; case manager, job developer, business resource specialist, and finally, Business Services Supervisor - dedicated to meeting the employment and training needs of our community.
Lorrie holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Simpson University, and is Shasta College alum.
Peter.jpgPeter Griggs, Marketing Director
Economic & Workforce Development
Peter has been with Shasta College since 2008 when he served as a part-time faculty member prior to taking on his current role as Marketing Director. He has held positions with the City of Redding and CH2M Hill doing marketing and graphic design and has owned and operated his own graphic design business. Peter is a proud graduate of CSU, Chico.
Joy Williamson.jpgJoy Williamson, Communications Design Coordinator
Economic & Workforce Development
 Joy joined the marketing department at Shasta College in 2015. She relocated to Redding from Southern California with her husband and two kids. Prior to Shasta College, she worked as a graphic designer for various companies in the private sector, primarily in print design, heading up projects ranging from brochures and corporate identity, to oversized wall murals for USC, Stanford and Westmont. Joy has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from CSU, Fullerton. She likes the creative process of graphic design and enjoys being creative in various other artistic mediums, as well as spending time with her family and friends.


shannon wells.jpgShannon Wells, Program Director

Technical Assistance Provider


Shannon Wells is the Program Director -Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) for Employability Skills. Headquartered at Shasta College with the Economic & Workforce Development Division, Shannon supports California Community Colleges Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy through the systematic incorporation of industry-valued employability skills in community college courses. Shannon’s background in career development and higher education contributes to her expertise in 21st Century Employability Skills. Shannon is also a member of the New World of Work team deploying 21st Century Skills Trainings throughout the state giving community college personnel the resources and tools to teach employability skills to their learners. Shannon also leads the 21st Century Skills Digital Badging work in partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Shannon has professional experience in workforce development, career and technical education, college and career advising and program management in the community college, CSU and non-profit setting.

Shannon is a proud alum of the community college system going on to transfer to Sacramento State. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Science in Counseling specializing in Career Counseling from Sacramento State. She has over eight years of experience working in the education field and carries with her a continuous passion for helping connect students’ academics with the world of work.
Rajinder.jpgRajinder Gill, New World of Work Co-Creator and Director
Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy
New World of Work is funded by the California community college Chancellor's Office Doing What MATTERS initiative ( and is headquartered as Shasta College. The program collaborates with employers, worforce development boards, educators, and research organizations across the country to build College/ Career Ready and 21st Century Employability Skills. 
The program started as a pilot among 13 partner colleges, and has now been brought to scale as a "project in common" available to all 113 campuses within the California Community College system. Our open source material is also available to educators, college/ career counselors, and workforce development staff across the country.
As Director, Rajinder manages grant funding, curriculum and video development, date collections and assessments, program branding, and assits in the coordination of t he train-the-instructor sessions. Rajinder believes the best part of her work is preparing students to feel confident about their education and career options. During her graduate school studies, Rajinder conducted research at Oxford University focused on career education curriculum. She found that a combination of academic preparation with experiemental learning is the key to promoting students' self-awareness and preparation for the new world of work.

RoxaneRoxane Gomez, Administrative Secretary

Roxane is the Administrative Secretary for EWD. Previously a student of Shasta College, she transferred to California State University Chico, where she received her bachelor's in business management while minoring in project management. She then earned her master's degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University in May of 2015. Roxane has years of experience working as a bookkeeper, accountant, and interim manager in a tribal corporate setting. She is a volunteer in her community, working with children from the Mountain Union School District. Roxane is excited to contribute to the EWD team. 

kamari zoll staff photo.jpgKamari Zoll, Administrative Secretary

Kamari is a new addition to the Economic and Workforce Development team! She previously attended Shasta College where she earned her Associates Degree, and recently earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business from Simpson University. She is currently supporting three Deputy Sector Navigators responsible for their designated grant (Advanced Manufacturing; Small Business; Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology). Kamari is excited to join the Shasta College Team!
Leslie Bosse, Staff Secretary
(530) 242-7677
 A transplant from Sonoma County Leslie is a graduate of Shasta College and has worked for the college since 2004. Serving as support staff for many departments over the years including; Business, SLAM, EWD, SBDC, Community Education and Health Sciences. Having served in different divisions Leslie has a great deal of experience having worked both on campus and off campus locations. She enjoys being part of a team and is happy to serve as support to those she works with.
Prior to Shasta College Leslie worked for various nonprofit agencies in Shasta County along with the City of Redding and the U.S.  federal agency Corporation for National & Community Service.