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Vinz Koller

Senior Strategist for Capacity Building


California Apprenticeship Initiative: Technical Assistance and Evaluation, LEAD Center: Putting Workforce & WIOA Policy into Practice

MA, International Policy Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; BA, Political Science and English, University of Zurich, Switzerland

About Vinz

Vinz is a Senior Strategist for Capacity Building in the Workforce and Human Services Division. He is a national expert on US career education and workforce policy and a thought leader in adapting a European dual professional education system for the US. As a Swiss-American dual national, he has deep understanding of the Swiss and the US systems. Through project work for the US Department of Labor, Education and Housing and Urban Development, he has also developed particular expertise in developing career pathway and apprenticeship programs, improving reentry programs for ex-offenders in education and workforce development.
He is a big believer in solving the current paradox of positions going unfilled while talented people are unable to find viable career path through College without Debt and he has written on ways in which states – like California – can use apprenticeship to Close the Gap while growing their economies.

Mr. Koller is project director of the Apprenticeship Inclusion Model (AIM) project and the Policy Development Center of the U.S. DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Both projects are identifying policy options for State and local governments to improve career opportunities for people with disabilities. He has also been supporting career education reform efforts in California through California’s Apprenticeship Initiative and other state-based and regional innovation projects.