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In This Issue
Economic Indicators
U.S. unemployment rate for July increased to 6.2%, with 209,000 jobs added. Read on.

CA unemployment rate for July was unchanged at an adjusted 7.4%;

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA unemployment rate increased to 5.9%, with 11,900 jobs lost. Read on. 

U.S. Census Bureau American FactFinder

O*Net Online

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report, U.S. Department of Labor

For information about employment by city, go to NOVA's website and the monthly Workforce Review.
Interesting Reports & Resources


"Congress rewrites jobs training law", Politico, July 9, 2014


"The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)", National Association of Workforce Boards, August 2014


"How Japan's Breakdown in Employment is Resembling Ours" by Michael Bernick, Fox and Hounds Daily, July 15, 2014


"Formative Evaluation of Job Clubs Operated by Faith- and Community-Based Organizations", Georgetown University, May 2014


"Online talent communities replace job boards", San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2014


"A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job", New York Times, June 17, 2014

NOVA in the News

NOVA is often featured in the news providing input on the economy's impact to workers and employers.

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   Summer 2014

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)


On July 22, President Barack Obama signed the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which amends, improves upon and supercedes the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) through 2020 and now serves as the new governing legislation for the local workforce investment system. Passed overwhelmingly by the Senate on June 25 and by the House on July 9, this bipartisan, bicameral bill represents a compromise among diverse opinions; a balance between local, state and federal government interests; and a reaffirmation of the America's Job Center system in supporting the nation's workforce, employers and the economy. Effective July 1, 2015, key elements of WIOA include...


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New Report Released: Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity


At the signing ceremony for the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Vice President Joe Biden, who was asked by the President to research how to attain the best workforce in the world, released the report, "Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity." This report is expected to shape the implementation of WIOA and future funding opportunities.

Welcome New Sunnyvale City Manager:
Deanna Santana
NOVA is a seven-city consortium that is hosted by the City of Sunnyvale, with the Sunnyvale City Council the Chief Local Elected Official representing the seven cities. On June 2, Ms. Deanna Santana started as the new City Manager with the City of Sunnyvale. Ms. Santana brings to the City exceptional experience and accomplishments which you can read more about by visiting the City's news release

The NOVA Workforce Board would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ms. Santana and looks forward to working with her on the many exciting opportunities and partnerships ahead.
New Board Members Appointed


Over the past several months, the Sunnyvale City Council has appointed seven new members to the NOVA Workforce Board. These accomplished individuals will bring the talent invaluable to the Board in positioning itself for the next wave of innovation and the 21st Century technology-driven economy:

  • Sinéad Borgersen, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, CA Technologies;
  • Madeleine Case, Northern California Regional Coordinator, Building Skills Partnership;
  • Julian Chu, Director of Global Customer Services, Google;
  • Ben Field, Executive Officer, South Bay Labor Council; 
  • Katherine Harasz, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara; 
  • Anita Manwani, Founder and CEO, Carobar Business Solutions; and
  • Jennifer Morrill, Senior Commercial Counsel, LinkedIn Corporation.

Profiles of these new members will be featured in upcoming editions.
A Year in Review

With the continued improvement in the economy, the trend in
customer demand continues to decline but not to the extent one would expect with the surge in the number of jobs created last year. NOVA continues to see a high demand from customers and their needs are greater, which is reflected in the increase in targeted services NOVA provided to these individuals this past year. In total, NOVA received 64,585 customer visits last year.


Customer Satisfaction Survey: 
Year-End Results

NOVA customers were highly satisfied with the services they received at the NOVA Job Center this past year. The fiscal year-end results of NOVA's bi-annual customer satisfaction survey are now available, and NOVA received a
+90 percent approval rating: 

  • 94.12 percent of respondents rated the level of customer service as met or exceeded expectations;
  • 95.55 percent of respondents rated the overall quality of the offerings provided at the Job Center as met or exceeded expectations...


A NOVA Success Story: 

Step into your Magnificence!


Customer Kel Kanady describes her experiences at the NOVA Job Center and Promatch.


"In 2012, I began the difficult journey of searching for a new
job. I was trying to do it alone, not realizing that the job search world had changed.


A friend told me about NOVA's ProMatch networking program, but I hesitated to make a regular drive to Sunnyvale. After various frustrating job search experiences, I gave in and attended an orientation where I learned more about the NOVA Job Center and ProMatch.


Through NOVA, I attended workshops where I learned to overcome objections, take control of an interview, and perhaps most importantly, I learned the power of LinkedIn and how to network to empower my job search.

LinkedIn Community Day for NOVA


Since 2010, LinkedIn for Good Foundation has organized a day of giving one Friday a month, referred to as "inDay", as
an opportunity for LinkedIn employees to take a break from their usual responsibilities to give back to the community. On July 18, LinkedIn selected NOVA as the focus of their "inDay" for July. Held at the Jewish Vocational Services in Palo Alto, LinkedIn employees from its Global Talent Organization contributed their time for a one to one coaching session to assist NOVA job seekers improve their LinkedIn profiles that will move them closer to their dream jobs. 

NOVA Hosts Employer Forums


Every month, NOVA's Employer Services hosts employer recruitment events on the NOVA campus as an opportunity for employers to recruit from a large pool of high caliber job seekers, in a short period of time. This is also a chance for NOVA job seekers to get their resumes in front of recruiters and potentially interview for a prospective position, at the same time. NOVA hosts employers who have positions that mirror the skill inventory of its customers and does prescreening to make sure the candidates attending match the specific qualifications of the positions employers are seeking to fill. For example in June, NOVA hosted an employer event for Aerotek staffing agency on June 18 and, on June 25, hosted a biotechnology and healthcare industry panel of employers. 

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Promoting Adoption of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations


Last year, NOVA, as part of the Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle (EV) Opportunity collaborative, was awarded a $250,000 Regional Industry Clusters of Opportunity (RICOG) State grant to identify the workforce needs of the emerging electric vehicle industry cluster. The initiative's work culminated in an employer forum at Google in January and a comprehensive report. In June, the State awarded NOVA a $46,998 grant in additional funding, under RICOG II, to promote the adoption of electric vehicle charging stations in mult-unit dwellings. 


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Tech Focus Groups Chart Career Navigation

Earlier this year, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), awarded NOVA a $150,000 grant as part of the Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan. The goal of the grant is to create and deliver a career-related training curriculum to promote advancement in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) cluster for students and alumni through the Oakland-based Stride Center's entry-level tech training program. As an initial step in this effort, on June 11, NOVA convened several employers for a roundtable discussion about their workforce needs that was hosted by Intuit. 

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Technology Solutions for California's Long-Term Unemployed: A New Research Study

A few months ago, the State released a one-time opportunity for local workforce investment boards to compete for a small pot of funding for innovative opportunities, called Workforce Accelerator Grants. NOVA was awarded a $140,000 grant to collaborate with Transmosis to conduct research on current internet-based job placement and sorting instruments and explore ways to capitalize on these applications to support the reemployment of the long-term unemployed. Transmosis is a small nonprofit organization of technology entrepreneurs committed to improving job placement of unemployed workers.

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In the Community

NOVA Host Visitors from Singapore

On June 23, NOVA was honored to host visitors from the Singapore Workforce Development Agencya government-funded national agency that focuses on workforce development and sustainable and productivity-driven growth through continuing education and worker adaptation, in a fast changing economy. A representative from Kuder, Inc., based in Iowa and providing career guidance for adults and youth, was escorting these visitors to several select workforce development agencies while they were in this country attending the National Career Development Association Conference in Southern California. The director of the National Association of Workforce Boards recommended that Kuder visit NOVA, as an example of best practices in this field. 


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