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[NOVA] Report to the Consortium Cities: Winter 2013
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In This Issue

Economic Indicators

U.S. unemployment rate for January inched up to 7.9%, with 157,000 jobs added. Read more.

California unemployment rate for December was unchanged at 9.8%;

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA unemployment rate dropped to 7.6%, with 1,400 jobs lost. Read more.

For information about employment by city, go to NOVA's website, monthly Workforce Review &
biannual Workforce Index.

Interesting Reports & Resources

NOVA's April 26, 2013 Volunteer Resource Fair - Call for Exhibitors


Joint Venture 2013 Index of Silicon Valley


"Career Ladders Key to Access and Advancement" by NOVA Director and NOVA Board co-chair, in SolutionsNovember 2012 edition, published by Professional Edge


"Santa Clara County economy ranked best performing" article about Milken Institute survey in January 17, 2013 edition of San Jose Mercury News

Op/Ed "Silicon Valley already leads in manufacturing" by Kim Walesh, City of San Jose Economic Development Office, in December 14, 2012 edition of San Jose Mercury News

NOVA in the News

NOVA is often featured in the news to provide input on the economy's impact to job seekers and re: special initiatives to better serve customers.

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Planning for the Future:

NOVA's Five-Year Strategic Plan Process


The California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) was established in 1998 to assist the Governor in setting policy for the state in workforce development, as stipulated under the federal Workforce Investment Act. One of the responsibilities of the CWIB is to approve the five-year strategic plans of the 49 local workforce investment boards across the state that reflect the vision, strategies, and goals of the State Plan.

This year, the local workforce boards are embarking on a new and more comprehensive strategic planning process. Local plans are expected to encompass strategies under four primary goals: 

  1. Business and Industry: Meet the workforce needs of high demand sectors of the state and regional economies.
  2. Adults: Increase the number of Californians who obtain a marketable and industry-recognized credential or degree, with a special emphasis on unemployed, underemployed, low skilled, low-income, veterans, disabled individuals, and other at-risk populations.
  3. Youth: Increase the number of high school students, with emphasis on at-risk youth and those from low-income communities, who graduate prepared for postsecondary vocational training, further education, and/or a career.
  4. System Alignment and Accountability: Support system alignment, service integration and continuous improvement using data to support evidence-based policymaking.

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New Funding for Youth Internships


At the November 28, 2012 NOVA Workforce Board meeting, Wells Fargo Bank presented NOVA with a $5,000 grant award for two youth internships. NOVA is deeply grateful for this donation as it will provide our community's disadvantaged youth with the opportunities to develop the critical skills necessary for future careers and to become full participating members of this community and economy.


As a result of the City of Sunnyvale's 2012 Annual Giving Campaign, the NOVA Foundation received a total of $6586.70 in donations for youth internships from City employees and department fundraisers. While this is only the second year that the NOVA Foundation was included in Sunnyvale's campaign, the donation represents a 44 percent increase over last year's results. NOVA would like to thank the City of Sunnyvale employees for their ongoing support and generosity. If your city would like to include the NOVA Foundation in your annual giving campaign, please contact the NOVA Director, Kris Stadelman

Groundhog Job Shadow Day


Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a national initiative launched in 1998 as part of "America's Promise." The intent of this initiative is to bring students into the workplace and provide them with the opportunity to experience the world of work firsthand and make that critical link between school and career. Students engage in early career exploration that leads to better informed choices by "shadowing" employees in the workplace and employers have the opportunity to present career options to potential future employees in real-time, in the real world.


On February 6, 2013, NOVA, in partnership with the City of

Youth participants and staff

Sunnyvale, hosted its annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Nearly twenty high school juniors from Homestead High School's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program participated. AVID is a college preparatory program designed to aid economically disadvantaged and academically average first-generation students who have the potential to succeed in college. Many AVID graduates become the first in their family to attend college. 


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CONNECT Job Seeker Center Opened for Business in New Location
The CONNECT Job Seeker Center has now reopened in its new location across the parking from its previous location on the NOVA campus at 505 W. Olive Avenue, Suite 550 in Sunnyvale, (408) 730-7232. The move was completed on time
and in a seamless fashion with minimal disruption to CONNECT services. Due to extensive outreach and articles published in the local newspapers including the Sunnyvale Sun and San Jose Mercury News, CONNECT customers and the community were well informed about the move and, since December 19, have been accessing the same high quality, seamless services that they have come to expect at this new office. 

NOVA in the Community


2013 Women of Influence Award

On an annual basis, the Silicon Valley Business Journal awards the top 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley with a Women of Influence Award based on their leadership and influence in their industries and with their communities. This year the NOVA Director, Kris Stadelman, was selected for the 2013 Women of Influence Award. The director is deeply honored not only for the award itself but also for the company of distinguished women who have come before her. NOVA Workforce Board members Van Dang and Linda Thor were honored in 2012. The honorees will be featured in a special publication of the Business Journal and at an awards ceremony in the spring.


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Legislative Updates


California State Senator Jerry Hill Visits NOVA


On December 5, 2012, NOVA was honored to host a visit from newly elected California State Senator Jerry Hill. This was an opportunity to share with the Senator NOVA's programs and initiatives that are tailored to its customers and unique to this

Senator Jerry Hill, NOVA Director and members of the NOVA Board

community that included the nationally recognized Promatch - a networking service for job seekers from the professional fields, the boutique programs for the formerly incarcerated (New Start) and veterans, and the new TechLadder initiative targeting digital literacy. The presentations also highlighted NOVA's specialized services including LinkedIn training, the online Job Board and On-the-Job Training opportunities. Lunch with members of the NOVA Workforce Board followed the presentation portion of the program. NOVA would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Senator for coming to NOVA, meeting with our staff and Board members and sharing his insights and perspective.


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