Connecting Workforce to Green Careers
Video and Summer Workshop for Students
Since 2013, NOVA has participated in the multi-year Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle Opportunity Initiative (EVOI), funded by the California Energy Commission and the California Workforce Development Board Regional Industry Clusters of Opportunity Grants. The intent of this project is to promote the deployment of the electric vehicle industry in the region and prepare the workforce for jobs in this significant emerging cluster. This year, the initiative focused on connecting students to careers in advanced transportation. In August, the project released an inspirational and informative video that will be widely distributed to local schools and other community partners. In addition, Prospect Silicon Valley, a partner and industry intermediary in EVOI, hosted a hands-on summer workshop for more than 30 high school and middle school students to introduce them to new transportation applications and the innovators behind those applications and encourage them to consider careers in this industry.
Connected and Charged Symposium
Prospect Silicon Valley organized the May 25 Connected and Charged Symposium, Silicon Valley’s premiere business and civic leadership forum on the latest challenges and strategies for new technologies and solutions in electric, connected and self-driving vehicles and related infrastructure issues. The symposium, hosted at SAP’s Palo Alto office, was well attended with over 200 participants including educators from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that attended at NOVA’s invitation.
NOVA played a major role in this symposium by serving as event sponsor, along with Microsoft, Hyundai Motor Group, Southern California Edison, Mojo Mobility, Envision Solar and Atheer. In addition, NOVA moderated a panel addressing advanced transportation challenges including workforce preparation, liability and self-driving vehicles, and how to accommodate new vehicles in existing transportation. NOVA also co-led a roundtable discussion about the skill-sets required of workers seeking careers in advanced transportation. Thanks to NOVA’s participation, this year marked the first time in its six-year history that the symposium featured workforce-related topics.