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Visit to Bay Area Entrepreneur Center

Since the County of San Mateo joined the now eight-jurisdiction NOVA consortium, NOVA staff has visited with many organizations throughout San Mateo County to learn more about the work in this community and explore opportunities for future collaborations. On September 20, NOVA staff continued its "listening tour" of San Mateo County with a visit to the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) and its director, Pcyeta Stroud. The BAEC of Skyline College is a business incubator and resource center that offers aspiring Bay Area entrepreneurs the information, access and technical assistance to grow their business or business idea. The meeting provided the opportunity to learn about BAEC services and to discuss how NOVA and BAEC might partner to support job seekers interested in starting a business. 

Washington, D.C. Presentation on Ready-to-Work Grant

Assistant Labor Secretary Portia Wu invited NOVA Job Seeker Services Manager Cindy Stahl to participate on an October 17 panel, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), about the federally-funded Ready-to-Work grant initiative. The event took place at DOL’s Washington, D.C. headquarters in Labor Secretary Perez’s conference room and was streamed live on the Internet. Two years ago, NOVA was awarded a four-year H-1B grant to serve the long-term unemployed worker targeting the technology sector, in collaboration with three workforce boards in the region, specifically, San Francisco, San Jose-based work2future, and Alameda County. At the mid-point in the grant period, the panel presentations and discussion provided an opportunity to share with the funder, other grant recipients and community stakeholders the best practices and lessons learned to date. From the positive feedback received from DOL and other grant recipients, NOVA’s contributions to the event were greatly appreciated. Thus far, NOVA’s Ready-to-Work project has enrolled 455 job seekers and is on track to achieve its goals.

NOVA Hosts Visit from Jewish Vocational Services

On August 25, NOVA had the pleasure of hosting visitors from the Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in San Francisco. The purpose of this visit was to introduce JVS to NOVA and the services NOVA provides to the community. This was also a chance to explore opportunities to collaborate on services to shared customers. With the movement toward regionalism under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, more and more NOVA is being approached by organizations outside of the NOVA service area, but within the Bay Peninsula region comprised of four workforce boards (San Francisco, San Jose-based work2future, San Benito County and NOVA) to work together on capitalizing on workforce services provided in the region.

Presentation at Meeting of the Minds Conference

NOVA was invited to present at the California Workforce Association’s 2016 Meeting of the Minds conference on September 6 & 7. The September 6 presentation discussed strategies for assisting low-wage workers in the new Gig Economy and NOVA Workforce Board Chair Chris Galy presented as part of a panel of representatives from organized labor and workforce development agencies. The September 7 presentation shared lessons learned and success stories from previous workforce legislation that should be incorporated into new workforce policy and program design under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to present on this topic and was joined by three other workforce development board directors. Both presentations were very well received based on the feedback received from participants.