Vince Roos, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Central Valley/Mother Lode

The driving conviction behind Vince’s professional and personal efforts is a vision for “Possibilities”. At the intersection of organizational goals and individual aspirations, expanded potential exists. Motivated by this perspective, Vince seeks to encourage the integration of all organizational elements, whether people or processes, to ensure organizational and individual goals are mutually achieved.

In the role of Regional Director since early 2018, Vince found a natural opportunity to connect the dots between industry employers, academia and students/employees for meaningful, mutual benefit and economic prospects. Working backwards from Industry to College programming, Vince seeks to facilitate identification, design and implementation of appropriate training programs, certificates and degree tracks which will yield a two pronged objective of an 1) equipped, suitably skilled and competent workforce Industry wants and needs to meet its near term to future requirements, and 2) fulfilling careers that offer employees greater wage and advancement probabilities.

Vince leverages a diverse background in academics, legislative/policy work and business management experience. Vince earned a doctorate in Organization Development, applying that expertise to practical applications useable for business, academia and students. Vince has a natural affinity for systems thinking, for the identification and development of programmatic strategies. Vince’s love for students enhanced by his experience in the classroom and in administration at the junior college and bachelor’s levels, enables Vince to utilize an already on the ground, practical perspective towards the design and delivery of pertinent, applicable programming useful for students and employers. Before venturing into academia, Vince worked in legislative/policy development specific to the Central Valley of California. Working in a congressional office and later as a private consultant, equipped Vince to view any opportunities or challenges from multiple perspectives. As a private consultant, Vince provided clients with policy insights and counsel, as well as conducting internal and external assessment services for gaining, regaining or maintaining competitive advantage. Vince’s earlier career was focused in production agriculture and marketing where he owned and operated Hillview Orchards. This fruit and nut growing operation included marketing of fresh market, processing, as well as dried fruit products. Among clients were organizations such as Del Monte, Dole, Signature Fruit, Harry & David, Mountain People and Costco. Vince also operated a mail order business including several retail outlets.

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Vince found a natural opportunity to connect the dots between employers and employees towards mutual benefit and economic possibilities.”

Central Valley / Mother Lode Community Colleges Programs and Certificates

Bakersfield College

Buildings & Grounds Operations & Maintenance

  • Degree Track: Environmental Horticulture AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Environmental Horticulture

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Culinary Arts AS, Food Service Mgt. AS  
  • Certificate of Achievement: Culinary Arts, Dietetic Services Supervisor

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Certificate of Achievement: Retail Management

Cerro Coso Community College

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Management AS
  • Certificate: Management Certificate

Clovis Community College

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • TRAINING INSTITUTE: Essentials of Supervision & Leadership, High Performance Team Skills, Customer Service Academy

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Business Administration AS, AST
  • Certificate of Achievement: Small Business Certificate, Business Intern Certificate, Managerial Assistant Certificate
  • Certificates: Entry Level Management Certificate

College of the Sequoias

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS OPERATIONS & MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Landscape Management AS, Ornamental Horticulture AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Landscape Design, Landscape Management, Ornamental Horticulture
  • Skills Certificates: Ornamental Horticulture -​ Retail Nursery Skills Option

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer AS-T
  • Certificate of Achievement: Food Services, Advanced Skills
  • Skills Certificates: Food Service, Basic Skills, Food Services, Intermediate Skills

FASHION

  • Degree Track: Fashion Merchandising & Design AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Fashion Merchandising, Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology
  • Skills Certificates: Fashion Merchandising

Columbia College

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Hospitality Management: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management: Hotel and Restaurant Management, Pantry and Dessert Chef, Restaurant Management
  • Certificates of Achievement: Chef, Hotel Management, Pantry and Dessert Chef, Restaurant Management
  • Skills Certificates: Baker, Baking for Entrepreneurs, Bartender, Chef for Entrepreneurs, Deli Cook & Baker, Dining Room Management, Dining Room Staff, Safety and Sanitation

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Entrepreneurship AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Entrepreneurship
  • Skills Certificates: E-Marketing Your Business, Entrepreneur Business Startup

Fresno City College

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS OPERATIONS & MANAGEMENT

  • Certificate of Achievement: Electrical Systems Technology: Facility Control Technician, Industrial Maintenance Technician, Introduction to Industrial Controls
  • Certificates: Industrial Automation

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Food Services Management AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Food Service Management, Culinary Arts

FASHION

  • Certificate of Achievement: Marketing: Fashion Merchandising

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Training Institute: Amazon Small Business Academy, High Performance Team Skills, Essentials of Supervision & Leadership, Customer Service Essentials, Diversity in the Workplace

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Certificates of Achievement: Fresno City College Marketing/Retail Management, (WAFC) Retail Management Certificate
  • Certificates: Marketing: Advertising, Marketing: Fashion Merchandising, Marketing: Personal Sales, Marketing: Retailing Certificate, Marketing: 21st Century Work Competencies

Merced College

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS OPERATIONS & MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Electronics Technician, Instrumentation & Process Control, HVAC Technician
  • Certificate of Achievement: Electronics Technician, Instrumentation and Process Control, HVAC Technician

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Food & Nutrition AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Dietetic Supervisor, Foods and Nutrition

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Business Resource Center: Customer Service Academy – Certificate, Emerging Leaders Institute – Certificate, ServSafe Certification

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Management/Supervisory Training, Small Business Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate of Achievement: Management/Supervisory, Entrepreneurship
  • Skills Certificates: Customer Service Academy

Modesto Junior College

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS OPERATIONS & MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Environmental Horticulture Science AS, Landscape Architecture AS
  • Technician Certificate: Commercial Floristry, Landscape/Park Maintenance, Landscape Design, Nursery Production

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Business Operations Management AS, Supervisory Management AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: WAFC Retail Management, Supervisory Management

Porterville College

ENTREPRENUERSHIP

  • Certificate of Achievement: Entrepreneurship
  • Certificates: Entrepreneurship

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Certificate: Customer Service Academy

Reedley College

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Training Institute: High Performance Team Skills, Essentials of Supervision & Leadership, Customer Service Essentials, Diversity in the Workplace

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Certificate of Achievement: Business Foundations

San Joaquin Delta College

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS OPERATIONS & MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Horticulture AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Horticulture, Landscape Basics, Landscape Management, Nursery Management

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Baking and Pastry AS, Culinary Arts AA,
    Culinary Arts, Advanced AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts

FASHION

  • Degree Track: Apparel Design AA, Fashion Merchandising AS, Interior Design AA
  • Certificate of Achievement: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Apparel Industry Sewing, Interior Design

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Degree Track: Retail Management and Merchandising AS
  • Certificate of Achievement: Basic Business, Entrepreneurship, Merchandising, Retail Management, Small Business, Supervision and Management

West Hills College Lemoore

CULINARY

  • Degree Track: Hotel Restaurant & Casino Management AA
  • Certificate of Achievement: Hotel Restaurant & Casino Management, Restaurant Management
  • Certificates: Restaurant Management, Hotel Restaurant & Casino Management

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Certificate of Achievement: Retail Business Management