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Spotlight on NOVA Board Member Lionel de Maine of Sequoia District Adult School

NOVA Workforce Board member Lionel de Maine is Chief Operations Officer for the Sequoia District Adult School in Menlo Park. Mr. de Maine is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the Adult School, which serves over 2,000 students annually. Mr. de Maine brings to the NOVA Board 13 years of experience in adult education and 14 years of experience in the high-technology field, with a passion for preparing adults for college and careers through the development of career pathways. In addition, Mr. de Maine has taken a leadership role on several regional initiatives targeting workforce development. His significant knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to the Board in preparing disadvantaged workers for the demand-driven, high wage occupations in Silicon Valley. “The critical workforce issues for the region include the need for a diverse workforce to obtain the necessary technical and soft skills to advance to all levels of a company and the impact the high cost of living has on worker recruitment and retention. A crucial aspect of addressing these issues is partnership between business, education, community-based entities and government,” states Mr. de Maine.

Founded in 1921, the Sequoia District Adult School has been serving the mid-peninsula community for over 90 years. Today, it provides quality education programs in a variety of disciplines that include entrepreneurial training in partnership with the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, English as a Second Language, high school diploma equivalency, and computer instruction. The school partners closely with Cañada College and JobTrain to help students enter college or career pathways such as web development and coding. Sequoia District Adult School is committed to responding to the diverse needs of the community through lifelong learning leading to full participation in the economy.