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NOVA in the Community

Washington State Commissioner Visits NOVA

On December 16 & 17, Commissioner Dale Peinecke from the Washington State Employment Security Department visited NOVA to learn more about our service model and explore opportunities for replication in Washington State’s workforce development system. The delegation included two members of the Commissioner’s executive team and three local Workforce Board directors who joined the Commissioner on this visit. During the visit, we discussed our success with the approach that allows us to serve everyone who walks through our doors and places responsibility in the hands of the customer for his/her own job search, with the Job Center providing the tools and catalyst for successful re-employment. With the decline in federal funding for workforce development programs, many states across the country are taking a closer look at this model.

Marine Corps Muster

On February 8, NOVA was invited to participate at a Marine Corps Muster hosted by the Veterans Administration (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System. The purpose of this Muster was to ensure that local Marine reservists are enrolled in VA services and benefits before they are discharged to support a smooth transition to civilian life. NOVA joined a wide range of community organizations in hosting a booth to provide veterans and their families with information about the employment services NOVA can provide to facilitate successful re-employment. NOVA has participated in previous Musters in the past.

Visit from Mountain View City Councilmember Michael Kasperzak

On January 30, NOVA was honored with a visit from Mountain View City Councilmember Michael Kasperzak. Councilmember Kasperzak, who is knowledgeable of NOVA, visited us to learn more about the latest happenings given all of the recent innovations that have taken place over the past year. The visit included attending a ProMatch weekly meeting, followed by a tour of the career center campus. NOVA values its partnership with our seven cities and would like to thank Councilmember Kasperzak for his continued interest in our services to residents and employers in this community .

Visit from California State Senator Jerry Hill’s Office

NOVA was pleased to host a visit from Joshua Barousse from California State Senator Jerry Hill’s office on November 14. This visit was an opportunity to introduce Mr. Barousse to the portfolio of services that NOVA provides to job seekers and employers in this community. The visit included attending the weekly meeting of the ProMatch program, a tour of the career center campus and discussion about our special programs and initiatives including TechLadder and the new electric vehicle cluster project. Overall, it was a wonderful visit and NOVA would like to thank Mr. Barousse for his interest in NOVA and the customers we serve.

NOVA Co-Sponsors Small Business Symposium

The Cupertino Chamber of Commerce’s Asian American Business Council (AABC), in partnership with the City of Cupertino, SCORE, NOVA, and the City of Milpitas Chamber of Commerce sponsored a well-attended Small Business Workshop, “How to Start a Business Seminar in Mandarin” on November 13 at the Cupertino Community Hall.  The workshop and learning materials were presented in Mandarin and included such topics as developing a business plan, cash control, business law, banking and marketing strategies aimed at providing small business owners (and prospective owners) with essential resources for their business success. In addition to being a co-sponsor for this event, NOVA staff also presented on the range of employer services that are available to the small business community and staffed an informational booth.

Invitation from the White House National Economic Council

NOVA Director, Kris Stadelman was invited to participate in a conference call meeting that was convened by the White House National Economic Council. The purpose of the conference call was to discuss with a team of experts across the country the important features of a training system that leads to employment and retention in high-growth jobs and ways that the Council can make such features more common place. The Director was one of only five individuals invited to participate in this conference call; the other participants were from Washington State, Kentucky, Virginia, and Indiana. The National Economic Council was established in 1993 to advise the President on U.S. and global economic policy. It resides within the Office of Policy Development and is part of the Executive Office of the President.

CWIB Member-to-Member Regional Meeting

Over the past several months, the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) has been convening member-to-member regional meetings across the state attended by the CWIB chair, CWIB members representing that region and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) officers and WIB labor representatives also from that region. The purpose of these meetings is to encourage more communication and collaboration between the CWIB and the local WIBs. The meeting for the Bay Area region was held in November and hosted by San Jose’s work2future. Four WIBs  — NOVA, work2future, San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County — were represented at the meeting. The CWIB director, Tim Rainey presided over the meeting, as the CWIB chair, Mike Rossi was unable to attend. The meeting was interesting and enlightening and NOVA looks forward to future meetings with the other WIBs from our region.

CWIB and EDD Visit NOVA

NOVA hosted executives from the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB), the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the Wadhwani Foundation. This was a follow-up visit to a previous meeting held in Sacramento with EDD about NOVA’s proposed new online job search tools and its new partnership with the Wadhwani Foundation. NOVA’s new online platform is being reviewed by the State as a potential new service for career centers across the state that would streamline access to job search tools when and where they are needed most.