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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.

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 Claxo Kline as well as Sanofi Aventis. 

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 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, ​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.  

Charlie 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.  

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. 


Sandy Rodina Administrative Assistant of EWDSandy 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.