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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 Technology.





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Division Contacts


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

Eva Jimenez currently serves as the Associate Vice President 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.
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Sara Phillips, Interim Director of Centers of Excellence                                                    530-242-7635                                                                           



Sara has taken on a new role as the Director of the Center of Excellence for EWD. She previously served as a Research Analyst at Shasta College.  Prior to joining the Shasta College team in 2017, Sara worked as data analyst/program evaluation specialist in the non-profit sector for a variety of programs in Northern California.  Sara’s specialty is helping to make complex data accessible and usable so that stakeholders can make informed decisions.

A proud Far-Northern California native, Sara enjoys backpacking, hiking, and cycling.   


DSC_8873_Sara Holmes- staff photo_360x504_pp.jpgSara Holmes, Special Projects & Grants Fiscal Analyst                                               530-242-7636                                                                    

Sara is the Special Projects and Grants Fiscal Analyst for Shasta College Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) division.  She provides budget management for many of the grants that fund various EWD and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and activities.
Sara has lived in Redding for most of her life and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1990.  She began her career at Shasta College in 2002 and worked primarily in Student Services programs where support services are provided for students facing economic and educational barriers.  She also served as District Accounting Technician in the Shasta College Business Office and as Administrative Secretary for Enrollment Services.  Sara is passionate about life-long learning, and in 2018 she received her MBA from Western Governor’s University.

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. 
Misti Hardy Staff Photo.jpgMisti Hardy, Student Success Facilitator                                                                        Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership                                                 530-242-7610                                                                             
Misti is the Student Success Facilitator for the Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership (STEP-UP). She enjoys being part of the day to day interaction with students as well as helping new students in the program get setup and ready to attend Shasta College.
Misti has an associate’s degree from Shasta College and a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in health and wellness from California State University Chico. Misti began working in the Shasta College EOPS office in 2012 prior to joining the EWD team. She also interned with Shasta County Adult Probation and continued to work for probation as extra help for a short time after completing her internship.

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. 


Mindy Halter Staff Photo.jpgMindy Halter, Coordinator     Internship Work Experience                                                                                                   242-7572                                                                                                  

Mindy Halter is the Internship Work Experience Coordinator in the Economic and Workforce Development division.  Mindy will be working with students to integrate classroom instruction with on-the-job realities in an internship setting through the Worksite Learning program.
Prior to coming to Shasta College, Mindy worked for Shasta County CalWORKs, as both a Job Services Facilitator, and a Work Experience Coordinator.  She has continued to work closely with local businesses and community partners to create lasting and supportive relationships, and strives to help each community member reach their personal best through education and positivity.
shannon wells.jpgAngela Cordell, Deputy Sector Navigator   Small Business                                                                                                      
Angela Cordell is the Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) of Business and Entrepreneurship for the Far North Region. As DSN, Ms. Cordell works to create pathways from high schools to the region’s seven community colleges, works with industry partners to identify skill gaps and workforce needs, manages one of the region’s SB1402 grants and supports Strong Workforce grant activity. Ms. Cordell holds a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Women’s Studies from CSU, Chico and is currently a candidate for an MBA in International Business from Northcentral University.
Ms. Cordell began her career in Sacramento in 2005 and has since worked with clients throughout the state, helping them develop and strategize new programs, products and services. In 2016, she became the Far North Deputy Sector Navigator of Global Trade and Logistics and the Director of The Far North Center for International Trade Development, based at Feather River College.


DSC_6730-John-Schmidt--staff-photo-126x150_pp.jpgJohn Schmidt, Deputy Sector Navigator
Advanced Manufacturing
John Schmidt is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing based at Shasta College, who serves the Far North high schools, 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, John will assist in adding value to current advanced manufacturing pathways and curriculum for our Northern California communities.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from San Jose State University where he concentrated on manufacturing management curriculum.  John is also Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) with the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).  Over the years, John has augmented his education with various certifications and management training courses, including a Certificate in Lean Manufacturing from the University of Tennessee, and successfully completing IBM’s Leadership Talent Accelerator Program for Integrated Supply Chain. John has even earned a Certificate for the Business of Craft Brewing from Portland State University!
Prior to Shasta College, John held various positions for Bay Area high tech companies including SynOptics, 3Com, Palm, Bay Networks, IBM and Lenovo. After moving to Redding, California in 2004 from the Bay Area, John worked for local manufacturing companies ranging from building surveying accessory equipment to medical pharmaceutical equipment. His professional experience spans over 25 years of manufacturing planning, purchasing, commodity management, and inventory control.  John has participated in many advanced manufacturing concept endeavors including continuous business process development, Lean/kaizen initiatives, supplier/A3 process improvements, Just-In-Time vendor managed programs, and ERP and advanced planning system upgrades and full-scale implementations.  Throughout John’s experience, he has served as an individual contributor, system super-user, project or program manager, or as a people manager for Materials Management.

DSC_6604-Lorrie-Berry--staff-photo_126x150-pp.jpg 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 Griggs Staff Photo.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, 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.
Rajinder.jpgder 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 at Shasta College. The program collaborates with employers, workforce 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, data 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.

Kamari Zoll Staff Photo Small.jpgKamari Zoll, Administrative Secretary
Kamari has been a part of the EWD team since 2016 and is the main support to the Associate Vice President of EWD and New World of Work. She was born and raised in Redding and loves the area!
Kamari previously attended Shasta College where she earned her Associates Degree, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business from Simpson University. She has a passion for people and their education and loves working at Shasta College! She plans to continue her education and pursue a Doctorate in Psychology.
Angie Wagner Staff Photo.jpgAngela Wagner, Administrative Secretary

Angie Wagner joined the EWD team in 2017. Prior to joining the Shasta College team Angie served the local community working for the Superior Court of California for 9 years. Angie is a lifelong resident of Shasta County where she currently resides with her husband and kids. She has attended Shasta College earning her Associates Degree. Angie currently serves as an Administrative Secretary, where she supports the director and the correlating staff in statewide trainings for the New World of Work and 21st Century Skills trainings.
The New World of Work Program, collaborates with employers, workforce development boards, educators and research organizations across the country to build college-and career-ready, 21st Century employability skills. New World of Work is funded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Doing What MATTERS initiative and is headquarted at Shasta College.

DSC_6605Leslie-Bosse--staff-photo_126x150-pp.jpgLeslie 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.
Lisa Petty Staff Photo.jpgLisa Petty, Administrative Secretary
(530) 242-7603