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The Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) Division at Shasta College is an integral part of the California Community Colleges system, 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 two Regional Directors of Employer Engagement for Advanced Manufacturing and Business and Entrepreneurship.
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  1409 Market Street
  Redding, CA 96001
Jimenez Photo.jpgEva Jimenez, Vice President of Economic & Workforce Development/ Director of the Foundation
(530) 242-7565

Eva Jimenez currently serves as the 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.
​​​​​​​​​​​Sara Phillips Small Photo.jpgSara 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.
Seth Abrahamson Staff Photo.jpgSeth Abrahamson, Research Analyst                                                                           
(530) 242-7754                                                                  
Seth is a Research Analyst who specializes in data related to grants involving Career and Technical Education. His main area of focus is Strong Workforce and Shasta Technical Education Program – Unified Partnership but he also works with New World of Work and California Career Pathways Trust.
Seth strongly believes in the value of education and spent most of his career teaching Mathematics and Physics. He has been a high school, community college, and university faculty member at four different schools in three different states. At his last college he was the Senior Research Analyst for six years where he provided data analysis for institutional effectiveness through Continuous Quality Improvement, Program Review, and Enrollment Management.
Seth holds degrees in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico (Bachelor’s) and the University of Miami (Master’s). He is passionate about keeping his life balanced with faith, family and friends, fitness, and fishing. 

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.

RRobert Bowman Staff Photo.jpgobert Bowman, STEP-UP Program Manager
Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership​​
(530) 242-7639
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. 
 Internship Work Experience Coordinator
(530) 242-7572
Angela Cordell Staff Photo.jpg
Angela Cordell, Regional Director of Employer Engagement
 Business & Entrepreneurship, North Far North Region
 (530) 242-7627
Angela Cordell is the Regional Director of Employer Engagement of Business and Entrepreneurship for the Far North Region.  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-360x504_pp.jpgJohn Schmidt, Regional Director of Employer Engagement
Advanced Manufacturing, Far North Region
(530) 242-7632
John Schmidt is the Regional Director of Employer Engagement for Advanced Manufacturing, serving 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 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. 

Lorrie Berry.jpgLorrie E. Berry, Program Coordinator
 Community Education - and - Business & Industry Contract Education
 (530) 339-3663
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
(530) 242-7514
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
(530) 242-7516
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.
 Andrew Near.jpgAndrew Near, Communications Design Coordinator
 (530) 242-7517
Andrew joined the marketing department at Shasta College in 2017. He had previously lived in Redding for 12+ years and attended Shasta College as a student, before transferring to Chico State where he graduated in 2016 with his Bachelor’s in Communication Design. Fresh out of school, his experience included an internship with Creative Media and Technology at Chico State, which he held for three semesters. His focus there was on print design for different department initiatives and events. He enjoys art, music, playing guitar, rock climbing and the outdoors.
Kamari Zoll Staff Photo Medium.jpgKamari Zoll, Training Director, SHIELD Regional Training Consortium
(530) 242-7607
Kamari has been a part of the EWD team since 2016 and is the Training Director of our SHIELD Regional Training Center for public safety.
Kamari was born and raised in Redding and loves the area! She previously attended Shasta College where she earned her Associates Degree and continued on to earn 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
 (530) 242-7633
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.  
Leslie Bosse.jpg 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.

Angela Brock, Administrative Secretary
Angela has been with Shasta College since 1999 and is thrilled to joined the EWD team! Angela supports the Regional Directors of Emloyer Engagement, and Marketing and Outreach at Shasta College. She began her career at Shasta College in the Bookstore, served as District Accounting Technician in the Business Office and as Administrative Assistant in Physical Education and Athletics. She is a North State native and received her bachelor’s degree from CSU, Chico.
Angela is the proud mom of two Shasta College graduates. Her son is a Shasta College staff member and her daughter graduated from UC Riverside and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Accounting.
Angela enjoys backpacking, mountain biking and trail running with her dogs. 

Becky Roe, Senior Project Coordinator

Becky is a communications, workforce development and community partner professional. She focuses on partnering with educators, administrators and economic development agencies to build bridges between the emerging workforce, regional partners, community organizations and career opportunities across the region.

With over 20 years of marketing and communications experience, Becky’s philosophy is simple: show and tell. Show real world jobs and tell real world stories.

Becky and her husband, Jeff, live in Redding, CA. She is a proud mom to her two daughters and she and Jeff are enjoying their empty nest with lots of weekend exploration of all the beautiful landscapes the North State has to offer.

​Rachelle Modena, Senior Project Coordinator


Rachelle is the Director of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Adult Education Consortium hosted at Shasta College. The Consortium coordinates adult education opportunities in Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties. Opportunities for adult education include high school diploma, GED/HiSET, Career and Technical Education along with ESL and work readiness skills.

Prior to joining the Consortium, Rachelle served the north state as New World of Work Director of Statewide Outreach and Employer Engagement, Technical Assistance Provider for Employability Skills with California Community College's Chancellor's Office, Deputy Sector Navigator of Small Business, and Executive Director of the Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council.

Rachelle is a proud Shasta College alum and recently earned her MBA.