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ABOUT

WHAT WE DO

New World of Work (NWoW) was developed under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework of the California Community Colleges system, which is the largest higher education system in the nation with 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students each year.

New World of Work is headquartered at Shasta College, a campus dedicated to collaborating with employers, workforce development boards, educators, and research organizations across the country to build college/career-ready, 21st Century Employability Skills.

Similar to MIT’s Open CourseWare offerings, all of New World of Work’s curriculum, video, assessment, and digital badging content retains the Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike Creative Commons copyright (CC BY-NC-SA). This license allows instructors using NWoW content to apply the 80-20 rule: 80% of the content remains consistent and 20% can be altered based on the needs of the learner as long as the NWoW branding is retained throughout, and the content is used non-commercially. NWoW content is designed for direct delivery to students and learners as authorized by Shasta College. Any third party monetization of the content for profit, or removal of branding, is considered an infraction against the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

OUR HISTORY

Starting in 2012, the New World of Work 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 21st Century Employability Skills. Expert curriculum developers, including the NWoW Co-Creators, video crews, college faculty across disciplines, 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 Executive Director

Rajinder is the driving force behind our 21st Century Skills projects and content development. She believes the best part of her work is preparing learners to feel confident about their education and career options. During her graduate school studies, Rajinder conducted research at Oxford University focused on career education counseling and curriculum design…

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Dr. Amy Schulz

New World of Work
CO-CREATOR AND GUIDED PATHWAYS CONSULTANT

Amy is dedicated to finding solutions to prepare learners for the fluid and uncertain workforce they are entering, while addressing employers’ demands for transferable skills. Her focus is on social entrepreneurship and organizational leadership as transformative agents in education, work that is supported by her PhD in Organizational Systems from …

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Eva Jimenez

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT- SHASTA COLLEGE

Eva provides guidance and oversight of the New World of Work program at its Shasta College headquarters. For the past six years, she has served as an instructional administrator, which allows her to utilize her twenty years of private-industry management experience. Prior to Shasta College, Eva worked for a financial institution where she managed over 180 employees…

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Rachelle Modena

Technical Assistance Provider (TAP)-Employability Skills

Rachelle cultivates partnerships and leads presentations throughout the state and across the country to further develop and enhance New World of Work. Input from employers, workforce development boards, community colleges, and community-based organizations provides necessary updates on the skills gap, in-demand 21 Century Skills, and the importance of ….

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William (Billy) Ogle

Data Coordinator

Billy is the data lead for our 21st Century Skills projects. He believes strongly in rigorous assessment of outcomes and using data as a means for comprehensive systems improvements. Billy has worked in several student-centered programs during the past eight years at Feather River College, including TRiO national grants, and has seen clear deficiencies in 21st Century …

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Kate O’Rorke

Trainings and Presentations Director

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 …

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Rhiannon Surrenda

LEAD TRAINER

As the Lead Trainer at New World of Work, Rhiannon’s goal is to provide high quality, market-relevant workforce development resources and guidance on facilitation techniques for instructors. She also provides direct delivery instruction to current workers and learners. Rhiannon has provided results-driven training solutions for corporations, government agencies …

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Angie Wagner

Administrative Assistant- Training Support

Angie has over 15 years experience working with community-based organizations, where she perfected the organizational skills and attention to detail that help keep the New World of Work activities running smoothly. Angie supports our training delivery across the state through clear communication with the host sites, trainers, and vendors…

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Kamari Zoll

Executive Administrative Assistant- Program Support

Kamari provides support to the entire New World of Work team, including our Executive staff at Shasta College. Her time as a student within the community college system, and her degree from Simpson University in Business Administration and Management, have prepared her for a deeper understanding of the instructors and learners served through our program…

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Deb Parisot

Budgets and Accounting Coordinator

Deb has 45-years of experience in the California Community Colleges system at Shasta College. Her passion is for all to be able to succeed in the ever-changing world, which she feels can be achieved through the New World of Work and TAP Employability Skills programs. Her focus is maintaining the fiscal side of the New World of Work projects…

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Amy Kaufman

K-12 Pathways Alignment Consultant

After completing her work as the Executive Director for Career Pathways at the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), Amy joined the New World of Work team to focus at a statewide level on K12 workforce development. Prior to serving as OCDE Executive Director, she was a career and technical education (CTE) instructional programs administrator serving 27 …

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Frank Gerdeman

Adult Education Programs Consultant

Currently the Director of Advance (Lake Tahoe Adult Education Consortium), Frank has been involved with formal adult education for over 14 years in a variety of positions – basic skills instructor, learning center coordinator, and State Director of Adult Education and Deputy Division Director with the Vermont Agency of Education where his duties included oversight …

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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. Her years of teaching language and literature to students at colleges in New York City, Chicago, and now Quincy, California, taught her the value of an education in transforming one’s circumstances. She believes a college degree holds special meaning …

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