High Demand Continues at NOVA Job Center 

Despite the economic recovery, NOVA continues to see a high demand for its job seeker services. Over the past six months, NOVA served 3,131 customers at the NOVA Job Center and, if this demand continues, the number of customers served this fiscal year will exceed last year’s total. For the period of July 1, 2014 through December 30, 2014, NOVA received 26,332 visits to the center and provided a total of 35,422 services that included: 5,205 attended career advisor appointments, 4,679 attended workshops and 1,027 attended classes. Promatch, a collaborative program of NOVA and the California Employment Development Department, serves dislocated workers from the professional fields and received 7,881 visits from job seekers during this same period. And, 94 percent of customers surveyed were satisfied with the services they received.

Many of the customers that NOVA continues to serve are considered long-term unemployed (70 percent+), older workers ages 46-65 (nearly 60 percent), possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree or higher (60 percent) and often require more services and retraining to prepare for and compete in Silicon Valley’s constantly changing technology-driven economy. With the new U.S. Department of Labor Ready to Work grant, awarded to NOVA last fall, there will be more resources available to target those workers who have been unemployed for an extended period of time.