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ABOUT

WHAT WE DO

The California Community Colleges (CCC) is the largest system of higher education in the nation with 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students each year through workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and preparation to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework of CCC, which funds 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.

OUR HISTORY

Starting in 2012, the New World of Work (NWoW) team began tracking futurist projections, economic reports, and national research related to the correlation between education and employment.

We conducted a series of Skills Panels to gather feedback from employers, entrepreneurs, human resources specialists, educators, and students to determine the essential employability skills required in our emerging global economy.

From this, we established our “Top 10” list of essential 21st Century Employability Skills. Expert curriculum and video developers, college faculty across disciples, and digital badging teams then created lessons and badges to go along with each of our skills.

who we are

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Rajinder Gill

New World of Work
Co-Creator and Director

Rajinder is the director and driving force behind our 21st Century Skills projects. She believes the best part of her work is addressing socio-economic barriers to success by educating students on the transferrable skills necessary in our changing economy. During her graduate school studies, Rajinder conducted research at Oxford University focused on…

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Amy Schulz

New World of Work
Co-Creator and Consultant

Recently named one of the “Top 20 Educators Changing the World” by the Pollination Project, Amy is a visionary who seeks to challenge students to arrive at their full potential ready for action. Her focus is on social entrepreneurship and organizational leadership as transformative agents in education. On any given day, you might find…

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Shannon Wells

Statewide Technical Assistance Provider (TAP)- Employability Skills

Shannon is a workforce development specialist focused on support services that are curriculum-aligned and regionally organized. She believes the key to helping students navigate their career path is when they connect academics to the world of work. This includes the use of digital badges as a display of skill competencies…

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Eva Jimenez

Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development- Shasta College

Eva oversees the New World of Work and TAP Employability Skills programs, both of which are headquartered at Shasta College. For the past six years, she has served as an instructional administrator, which allows her…

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Rhiannon Surrenda

Director of California Corporate College

As the Executive Director at California Corporate College, Rhiannon’s goal is to provide access to quality, market-relevant workforce development and training solutions. This is the reason she has partnered with New World of Work to help deliver 21st Century Skills trainings. She leads results-driven training solutions for corporations…

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Tanya Meyer

COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Tanya is the lead on our college and career ready projects, including the Get Focused Stay Focused Initiative. She is passionate about sharing comprehensive guidance practices with students to encourage lifelong learning and skilled decision making. With a brain wired for numbers and details, Tanya keeps the books and budgets immaculate,…

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Pamela Crespin, Ph.D.

Adult Education Programs Consultant

In January 2016, Pamela Crespin joined the Feather River College (FRC) staff as Director of Adult Education. Dr. Crespin comes to FRC from the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, where she served for two years as the Center’s Associate Director. Previously, Pam was a faculty member at the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University (WSU)…

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Dr. Joan Parkin

Incarcerated Students Programs Consultant

Joan is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Feather River College’s Incarcerated Students Program. She completed her graduate studies in French and Comparative Literature at New York University and The Graduate School and University Center of the City in New York City. Her years of teaching language…

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