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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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We are at a new location!
  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
rbowman@shastacollege.edu
 
 
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. 
 

 
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Billy Miller, Program Coordinator
Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership
 530-242-7608
 
 
Billy Miller will serve as the new Program Coordinator for STEP-UP at Shasta College, and will work to ensure the delivery of quality educational services to formerly incarcerated populations, as well as increase community support via establishing relationships with local law enforcement and non-profit organizations from the Shasta College Extended Sites.  After spending several years working with disadvantaged and diverse populations, Billy has developed a passion to see communities thrive, and has dedicated his career to assisting individuals in realizing their potential and transforming their lives. 
Prior to becoming a part of the STEP-UP team, Billy worked as a social worker for various non-profit organizations, gaining experience in case management and delivering social services to diverse communities.  Most recently, Billy was employed at the Shasta Day Reporting Center as an Education/Employment Coordinator, in which he managed a caseload of Shasta County probationers, instructed cognitive-behavioral therapy classes, and served as the programs job developer.  Billy’s experience includes training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, and he possesses a combination of skills and education that will serve as an added strength to our team. 
Billy holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Criminal Justice from California State University, Stanislaus.
 

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Mis
ti Hardy, Student Success Facilitator
Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership
(530) 242-7610
mhardy@shastacollege.edu
 
 
Mi
sti 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.
M
isti 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.

 
Mindy Halter Staff Photo.jpgMindy Halter, Internship Work Experience Coordinator
(530) 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.
 

 
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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.
  
 

 
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Kat
e O'Rorke, New World of Work Statewide Director
(530)242-7678 
 
 
 
 
Throughout her career, Kate has focused on the expansion and promotion of career development programs for students in K-12 and adult environments. She served as the Executive Director for Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley for three years prior to joining the New World of Work team. After experiencing the positive outcomes of complementary programs, Kate was inspired by the impressive and advanced New World of Work curriculum, which she wanted to share through a robust Train-the-Instructor model. Kate received her B.S. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.
  
 

 
 DSC_0261-Kim-Giles---staff-photo-360x504_pp.jpgKim Giles, New World of Work Trainings & Presentations Director
 (530) 242-7606
 
 
 
Since 2012, Kim has worked in the Health Sciences Division at Shasta College supporting college and high school health career students.  With a focus on student growth and success, her transition to New World of Work was driven by the opportunity to be a part of a team who reaches beyond the classroom to educate others on important workability skills offered through the New World of Work curriculum. 
 
In 2014 Kim received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Non-profit Organizations from Simpson University.  Her education and career background gives her the perfect platform to help with the continued success of New World of Work. 
 

 
Kamari Zoll Staff Photo Medium.jpgKamari Zoll, Administrative Secretary
(530) 242-7607
 
 
 
Kamari has been a part of the EWD team since 2016 and is the main support to the Vice President of EWD.
She 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, New World of Work Training & Presentations Coordinator
 (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. 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. 
  

 
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slie 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
(530)242-7603
 
 
 
Angela has been with Shasta College since 1999 and is thrilled to joined the EWD team! Angela supports the Regional Directors of Industry 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 trips with her friends, mountain biking and trail running with her dogs. 
 
 

Tracy Giovanni- staff photo 360x504_pp.jpgTracy Giovanni, New World of Work Administrative Secretary
(530) 242-7631
 
 
 
 
Tracy Giovanni has recently joined the EWD team as an Administrative Secretary, where she supports the director and the correlating staff in statewide trainings for the New World of Work. She has served our local community working for the Shasta County Clerk and Elections Office for the last 4 ½ years. Tracy is a Shasta County native. She resides with her husband and their dog and is happy to have more family living nearby.