CONNECT is a regional collaborative of employment, education, training, and business development organizations dedicated to serving the workforce development needs of Silicon Valley. CONNECT operates under the policy direction of the NOVA Workforce Board.
The following are CONNECT partner organizations. Click on the partner name to go directly to their website. (You will leave the NOVA site upon clicking a partner link.)
- California Department of Rehabilitation
The Department of Rehabilitation assists people with disabilities in obtaining and retaining employment, and in maximizing their ability to live independently in their communities.
- De Anza College
De Anza College offers complete student services, academic and vocational degrees and certificate programs to those seeking career or professional development.
- Employment Connection
The Employment Connection is an innovative job placement program that raises the standard for employer and job seeker services. The program's win/win philosophy emphasizes a partnership that meets the changing needs of the employer/job seeker community.
- Employment Development Department
Sunnyvale Employment Development Department (EDD) serves both employers who want to fill job openings and individuals seeking employment.
- Foothill College
Foothill College is an open-access two-year community college offering complete student services and academic and vocational degree and certificate programs to those seeking career and professional development.
- HOPE Services
HOPE Services offers a broad range of employment and job training programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Housing Authority of Santa Clara County
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara provides rental subsidies and develops affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities living in Santa Clara County.
- Institute for Career Development (ICD) of Goodwill Silicon Valley
ICD is a private post-secondary school that specializes in vocational training, basic education, evaluation, and job placement for people with special needs.
- Mission College
Mission College is an open-access two-year community college offering complete student services and academic and vocational degree and certificate programs to those seeking career and professional development.
- Momentum for Mental Health
ALLIANCE for Community Care exists to help individuals achieve mental and emotional health, discover and realize their potential and fully participate in life.
- Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education
Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education serves over 12,000 students each year in Mountain View, Los Altos and surrounding communities. Classes are offered in the following program areas: Adult Basic Skills, ESL, High School Diploma/GED, Career/Technical Education, Parent Education, Citizenship, Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities.
- Next Step Center
The Next Step Center serves veterans' vocational and employment needs. Services include assistance in job placement and job referrals, assessment, and vocational counseling and training.
NOVA offers creative solutions to real-world employment and career challenges, providing customer-focused services for individuals seeking re-training and re-employment.
- NOVA Youth Employment Office
The NOVA Youth Employment Office provides free employment services to youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are residents of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale.
- The Occupational Training Institute (OTI)
The Occupational Training Institute of Foothill-De Anza Community College District prepares economically disadvantaged students with high-quality employment services including counseling and advisement, career education, job placement and retention services, while concurrently providing employers with qualified employees.
- Professional & Workforce Development
Professional & Workforce Development at Foothill-DeAnza Community College District provides customized training programs for businesses. In addition, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) offers on-site, customized training and workshops to manufacturers from Santa Cruz to Mendocino Counties.
- Project HIRED
Project HIRED helps individuals with disabilities gain competitive employment and advance their career objectives. Services include employment preparation, job search classes, a computer resource center, administrative and technical training opportunities, and job placement services. Project HIRED is also a direct employer of people with disabilities in its HIRED Teams contract outsourcing division.
ProMatch is an organization providing a network of support for job seekers, as well as an excellent source of job candidates for employers.
- San Jose Job Corps
Job Corps provides education and training for low-income clients ages 16-24 in residential or non-residential components. Participants choose from 25 vocational training programs and may also earn a GED or high school diploma. Students receive a stipend, assistance with job placement, and may earn a graduation bonus.
- San José State University
The San Jose State University Career Center assists businesses gain a Competitive Edge by showing them how to access and recruit the top talent of Silicon Valley for a global market place.
- Santa Clara Adult Education
Santa Clara Adult Education offers career training, vocational training and free training for the homeless. They also assist in the implementation of CalWORKs and provide advanced training to immigrants.
- Services for Brain Injury
Services for Brain Injury exists to help people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury with reeducation advocacy, counseling, and job training so that quality of life and maximum independence is attained for both the person with the injury and his or her family. SBI also provides programs to the community that focus on the prevention of brain injuries.
- Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) addresses the comprehensive needs that individuals with disabilities have when gaining or increasing independence. SVILC offers 33 services that range from employment training and assistance to emotional support and advocacy. It is the only Independent Living Center serving persons with any and all disabilities in Santa Clara County.
- Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Silicon Valley SBDC offers small business owners free one-to-one technical assistance as well as training opportunities, information resources and seminars.
- Social Services Agency of the County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency administers public assistance and social programs as prescribed by federal, state and county laws and regulations. The agency provides financial assistance; job training; protective services for abused and neglected children, seniors and dependent adults; senior nutrition programs; and veterans and public guardian services.
- Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult-Community Education
The Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult-Community Education program provides classes at 24 locations throughout the Fremont Union High School District. Educational programs enhance employability and include ESL, GED/High School Diploma, Adult Basic Skills, and Vocational Training. Additional programs are available in citizenship preparation and education for parents and older adults.
- Sunnyvale Public Library
The Sunnyvale Public Library is a state-of-the-art public library. Electronic resources available to the public include the Internet, full text periodicals and the library catalog, which is available remotely to users. Services include industry research, labor market information, research and document retrieval, and workshops on the use of library resources, computers and the Internet.
- SurePath Financial Solutions
SurePath Financial Solutions - Consumer Credit Counseling Service is a non-profit, community agency dedicated to helping people use credit wisely and learn how to better manage their money.
TransAccess helps prepare individuals with disabilities for competitive employment through computer access technology, career transition services, and job placement.
- University of California Extension, Santa Cruz
Based in Silicon Valley, UCSC Extension develops curriculum that meets the changing needs of professionals and employers nationwide. Courses offer a variety of instruction disciplines in technology and business, including the subject areas of business management, biotechnology, engineering and information technology, and project management.
- West Valley College
West Valley College offers complete student services, academic and vocational degrees and certificate programs to those seeking career or professional development.