Introduction to the Series & The Ever-Changing Knowledge Metaverse

Dr. Cathleen Greiner, PhD, in her role as Regional Director, Business & Entrepreneurship Sector of the OC Community Colleges, is focused on upskilling, reskilling, and preparing our students and the community for the future of work.

We have an exciting 3-Part Series, entitled Emerging Workforce 2022, beginning this month that focuses on new and exciting industries: Metaverse (March 24), Blockchain (April 28), and The Digital Marketplace (May 27).

Please join us as we explore how each of these areas are impacting our workforce today and in the future. Learn how these opportunities may be an option for your future and what it takes to get there. These are interactive sessions guided by experts in their field from all stages of their careers. Come prepared to ask questions of the subject matter experts.


In our first session, The Ever-Growing Knowledge Metaverse, please welcome our keynote speaker, Dr. Renah Wolzinger, EdD, Global Director of Customer Success, EON Reality. Hear firsthand how Dr. Wolzinger EdD, navigates and develops in the Metaverse and its real-world applications.

Through a world combining the real world around us with digital information, plus the addition of an XR-enabled universe, a network of users across thousands of locations, the knowledge metaverse is being created as a digital grassroots movement.

Learn About

  • The Metaverse and its Business Drivers
  • Entrepreneurship Opportunities including Designing and Applications
  • VR, AR, AI, and Digital Twins
  • Examples from Las Vegas and IBM
  • Lidar Scanning and its Educational & Commercial Applications
  • Avatars


EVENT 2 – What is Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain Technology is a distributed database that is shared among the nodes of a computer network. Our speaker Neil Sahota will talk to us about the technology. As a database, a blockchain stores information electronically in digital format. Blockchains are best known for their crucial role in cryptocurrency systems, such as Bitcoin, for maintaining a secure and decentralized record of transactions. The innovation with a blockchain is that it guarantees the fidelity and security of a record of data and generates trust without the need for a trusted third party.

Learn About

  • What Blockchain Is
  • Real-World Applications
  • What Types of Careers are Available
  • What It Takes to Enter this Field

About Neil Sahota – An Authority on Blockchain



EVENT 3 – The Digital Marketplace?

Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It’s also a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment, and get comfortable with failure. The Digital Marketplace encompasses all exchange of goods and services including digital communication, the meta verse, avatar, digital real estate, NFTs, and more! This conversation will be a deeper dive into the exchange of goods and services in this new digital world.

Learn About

  • What the Digital Marketplace Represents and its Impact on Business
  • Real-World Applications
  • The Types of Careers Available
  • What it Takes to Prepare for This Industry


About Andy Noronha – An Authority on The Digital Marketplace and Co-Author of The Digital Vortex

Mr Noronha answers questions surrounding the buzz of the digital disruption and “How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at Their Own Game”.

See you there!

Dr. Cathleen Greiner, PhD
Regional Director, Business and Entrepreneurship
Orange County Community Colleges

Working with Universities, Industry, and Students together we invest funding and resources in industry sectors that are key to America’s economic growth. The Kolena Group explores the equitable and meaningful work-based learning activities embedded in a students Orchastrated Career Transformation. This alignment ensures students graduate college and career ready to become entrepreneurs or business operators since they are so critical to the economic development as contributors to innovation and new job growth. The integrated programs of study below connect the dots between what students are learning and how they will use those skills in a future career.

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