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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
, Dean
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.

Darren Gurney Senior Project Coordinator P2P
Darren Gurney
, Senior Project Coordinator
California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT)

Darren Gurney is a Senior Project Coordinator for Shasta College in the Economic and Workforce Development division. Darren currently manages the Pathways 2 Possibilities (California Trust) grant, connecting the community college system with local K-12 districts. Darren has been part of the EWD division for the past five years and has managed a number of different grant programs.

Darren has a strong background in banking and finance and has earned his master's degree in business administration from CSU Chico. He also has a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship from CSU Chico. Raised in an entrepreneurial family and from the Redding area, Darren has a passion for entrepreneurship, collaboration, education, and leadership that will enhance the well-being of the community he lives in.

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 graduate 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 DSN
Chelsea Hendershot
, Deputy Sector Navigator
Small Business

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 memb​er of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority as well as Chi Alpha. After college, she spent eight years working for 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. 

Chelsea is delighted to be a part of the EWD team as the DSN for Small Business and looks forward to partnering with industry and education to improve and expand business and entrpreneurial curriculum so we better deliver a job-ready workforce and entrepreneurial leaders. 

Heather Kelnhofer AgWET DSN

Heather 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 colleges. Working with industry partners to identify skill gaps and industry needs, she plays a vital role in developing a strong workforce. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in business and human resource management. 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 currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Redding Elementary School District. Heather also serves as a co-lead for the Northstate STEM Career Day committee, as well as serves as a member of the Prosperity Initiative for Shasta County. 

Rick Osbrink Advanced Manufacturing DSN

Rick Osbrink, Deputy Sector Navigator
Advanced Manufacturing

Rick was born and raised in Southern California and relocated to the Redding area in 2006. Pulling from his years of industry and grant management experience, Rick currently holds the position of Deputy Sector Navigator of Advanced Manufacturing for the Far North Region. Helping to drive manufacturing in the north state, Rick has assisted in developing new manufacturing programs ranging from industrial automation to machining and mechatronics. Having experience as both an industry expert and part-time instructor, Rick brings a unique perspective to building and implementing programs. 

Roxane Gomez
, Administrative Secretary

Roxane is the Administrative Secretary for EWD. Previously a student of Shasta College, she transferred to California State University Chico receive 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 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.​ 

Sandy Rodina Administrative Assistant of EWD
Sandy Rodina
, Administrative Assistant

Sandy Rodina has been employed at Shasta College since June 2001. She has been the Administrative Assistant for the Economic and Workforce Development division since July 2011. She is currently supporting three Deputy Sector Navigators responsible for their designated grant (Advanced Manufacturing; Small Business; Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology). Prior to supporting the DSNs, she was the Administrative Assistant fro the Small Business Development Center and Community Education. Prior to working for EWD, she worked for the Business, Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences division (BTFC S) as an Administrative Assistant for ten years. She enjoys working at the college. Her hobbies are quilting and reading.