Visitors to NOVA … Meetings in the Community

Visit from California Workforce Association’s Lobbyist

On July 18, NOVA hosted a visit from the California Workforce Association’s new lobbying firm, Rose & Kindel, whose staff is traveling around the state visiting select local workforce investment boards to learn more about what makes each of them different and why local control and influence from local officials is so important to effectively meeting the needs of our local job seekers and businesses. The visit included a discussion of NOVA’s boutique programs and unique initiatives, including ProMatch, New Start for the formerly incarcerated, the Veterans program, On-the-Job training program, SolarTech Workforce Innovations Collaborative (SWIC), and our work in labor market intelligence; a tour of the NOVA campus; and lunch with members of the NOVA Workforce Board.

Regional Meetings on State Plan

The California Workforce Investment Board is hosting regional focus group meetings throughout the state to garner input on the proposed State Plan. On July 12, the NOVA director, Kris Stadelman, participated in the meeting held for this region that was attended by many of the WIB directors in this area and representatives from local workforce boards, community colleges, organized labor, economic development, and community-based nonprofit organizations. Concerns were expressed with several components of the proposed plan, including the business and industry section, specifically, the proposed “regional skills alliance” and whether this represents another layer of government and the “sectoral career pathway partnerships” and needing further clarification on how this will involve engagement from the local workforce boards. More discussions are expected as this effort moves into the second phase of development.

Visit from San Mateo County Workforce Agency

NOVA’s neighbor to the north, the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), visited NOVA in July to tour the CONNECT Job Seeker Center to learn more about NOVA’s Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) model. Under the leadership of the new WIB director, Bryan Rogers, San Mateo is reevaluating its services to see where it can improve upon its response to customers, and NOVA, which shares similar demographics, discussed its current service-delivery models for consideration.

Visit from Michael Bernick

Former California Employment Development Department Director and Milken Institute Fellow, Michael Bernick, visited NOVA in July to learn more about the latest innovations at the CONNECT Job Seeker Center. NOVA has been featured in many of his blogs.