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ABOUT

WHAT WE DO

New World of Work (NWoW) began development under the California Community Colleges system, which is the largest higher education system in the nation with 72 districts and 115 colleges serving over 2.1 million students each year.

New World of Work has grown over the years into two divisions. The 21st Century Skills Training Division is headquartered at Shasta College, a campus dedicated to collaborating with educators and workforce development boards to build college/career-ready skills. The Content Development and Partnerships Division is headquartered at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, which allows for a nationwide approach to content creation that addresses the need for Essential Professional Skills.

Similar to MIT’s Open CourseWare offerings, all of New World of Work’s 21st Century Skills curriculum, video, and assessment content retains the Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike Creative Commons copyright (CC BY-NC-SA). This license allows instructors 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's 21st Century Skills content is designed for direct delivery to students and learners. 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

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

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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Kate O’Rorke

STATEWIDE DIRECTOR AND PARTNERSHIPS OUTREACH

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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Liz Kohn

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER FOR EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

Currently a consultant for Shasta College, Liz has 15 years of experience in college opportunity programs. She began her career as the Associate Athletics Director at Sonoma State, and after…

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Angie Wagner

ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY- TRAININGS AND PRESENTATIONS COORDINATOR

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. Angie feels her work with…

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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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William (Billy) Ogle

Data and Digital Badge 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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Tracy Giovanni

ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY- PROGRAM SUPPORT

Tracy Giovanni joined the New World of Work team in 2019, where she supports the director and the correlating staff in statewide trainings. She has served her community through several roles in local government agencies for the last 12 years, honing her skills in analyzing and communicating policies and procedures. Tracy finds the most rewarding aspect of being part of the NWoW staff is having…

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Kirsten Hill

Curriculum and Assessment Consultant

A highly-trained researcher and a natural entrepreneur, Kirsten is passionate about making measurement and evaluation accessible to everyone. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied school turnarounds and led the development of citywide surveys to measure alternative indicators of success in schools.

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Amy Kaufman

K-14 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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