MEET OUR TEAM
Over the last 20 years in collaboration with academia, industry, and workforce development agencies Jason Vogel has successfully developed and implemented workforce development programs that put people to work. After graduating from Sonoma State University in 2000, Jason went on to work as Marketing Coordinator/ Consultant for the Small Business Administration Office at EL Camino College Small Business Development Center, Director of the Center for Training and Development (CTD) in the College of Extended and International Education, and the OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Director of Workforce Development for a local safety council, , while simultaneously working as Regional Liaison for Chabot–Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD).
In these roles Jason created workforce development programs that aligned with various post-secondary certificate and degree programs to help train military veterans, disadvantaged, dislocated, youth and adult participants and put them to work with national contractors in the construction, utility, energy, and safety fields.
Prior to becoming a part of the team, Raymond was the District Administrator for the adult parole southern region. As a District Administrator, a vital role was preparing newly released parolees to re-enter the workforce. For these reasons implementing a district model regarding workforce development and obtaining skilled training for parolees played a vital role in reducing recidivism while developing the local workforce.
Due to his experience within the Corrections Department, he plays a crucial role as a liaison between CDCR and the Department of Rehabilitation. He has proven to be our greatest asset among these departments with his astonishing record of hosting our construction course throughout Southern California and successfully recruiting qualified clients. Most of his clients have taken advantage of this opportunity and are have been placed within the industry of their choice. He is an expert networker and continues to grow our connections between both departments throughout California.
After graduating Cum Laude with a BS from University of Massachusetts- Amherst in 1999- Dave gained valuable experience early in his career holding positions such as Pharmaceutical and Biotech Territory Manager and Sustainability Operations Supervisor for several Fortune 500 companies. In 2007 Dave followed his lifelong passion for construction and assisted his brother in establishing a successful residential and commercial construction company. Dave was Superintendent on many of the projects, and as the company’s Safety Officer he also became proficient in construction safety and OSHA regulations. Following this Dave became a licensed plumbing contractor and started his own successful plumbing company, while continuing to progress his safety knowledge and becoming a Department of Labor authorized OSHA instructor.
For the last 7 years Dave has utilized his construction and safety experience in helping to develop successful job driven workforce development programs focused on the construction, utilities, energy, and safety that incorporate nationally recognized curricula, and assist both community participants as well as employers.
THE CEI STORY
In January of 2016 Jason and Dave co-founded Career Expansion, Inc. with the mission of providing job driven vocational training aligned with post-secondary certificates and degrees that lead to careers in Construction, Utilities, Energy, and Safety. Since CEI’s inception - our partnerships with Coastline Community College (our post-secondary educational partner), Chabot-Las Positas Community College, Compton Adult School, the North America’s Building Trades, and industry partners have driven the success and continued growth of CEI’s programs.