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[NOVA] Report to the Consortium Cities: Winter 2014
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In This Issue
Benetech Testimonial
Economic Indicators
U.S. unemployment rate for January declined to 6.6%, with   113,000 jobs added. Read on.

CA unemployment rate for December declined to an adjusted 8.3%;

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA unemployment rate declined to 5.8%, with   3,900 jobs added. Read on. 

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


"Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Safe"NDD United, November 2013


"Pivot, Adapt, Retrain in California" by Michael Bernick, November 6, 2013


"Colleges, WIBs consider closer collaborations", Community College Times, November 6, 2013


"Vets in Tech helps veterans find jobs in tech industry" by San Jose Mercury News, November 6, 2013


"Licensing Barriers Leave Immigrant Doctors Driving Cabs Instead of Practicing Medicine" re: reports by Migration Policy Institute, American Immigration Council, December 17, 2013


"Immigration: America's Demographic Edge", Bipartisan Policy Center, January 2014


"In Jobless Youth, U.S. is Said to Pay High Price" re: report by Young Invincibles, New York Times, January 6, 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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   Winter 2014

As we begin a new year, I have to say 2014 promises to bring challenges, as well as many exciting new opportunities. The NOVA Workforce Board just held its annual retreat at the Cupertino Community Hall (Thanks, Cupertino!) and this year we focused on discussing two trends we expect will impact NOVA in 2014 and beyond: online curriculum and regionalism. In this time of declining federal funds, working collaboratively with our community partners and neighboring workforce boards to achieve greater efficiencies without compromising on quality will be important to raising the bar in serving our customers and this community. 
In this latest edition, you'll hear more about our latest ventures with our partners to better meet the changing needs of our community's job seekers and employers. Please share this with your colleagues and enjoy!
Warmest regards,
Kris Stadelman
NOVA Director 
Secretary Perez Visits Silicon ValleyPerezVisit


On January 22, the NOVA Director, Kris Stadelman was honored to attend a special roundtable discussion with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Thomas Perez, hosted by Cisco Systems. This event was part of the Labor Secretary's visit to the Silicon Valley to learn more about the needs of local businesses here that will enable them to compete globally and the workforce talent they will require for future innovations. Silicon Valley is the economic engine for the nation, so it's no surprise that the Labor Secretary included this community among his travels during his first year in office. About 20 executives from some of the leading-edge companies (including several members of the NOVA Workforce Board) joined the Director for a dynamic conversation with the Secretary on a range of topics including filling the skills gap, the long-term unemployed, services for veterans and immigration reform. 

CONNECT Career Center Renamed NOVAJobCenter
NOVA Job Center


This past year, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a campaign to rename the network of nearly 3,000 federally funded one-stop career centers across the country to American Job Centers. The intent of this endeavor was to provide a single brand for these centers so that job seekers, no matter where they live, would be able to quickly identify and access one of these centers in their own community. As a nod to the national campaign, California launched the America's Job Center of California network and has asked the local Workforce Investment Boards to use the new brand as a tagline. In response, henceforth, the CONNECT career center will be known as the NOVA Job Center, with the tagline a proud partner of America's Job Center of California. There will be no changes to the great services we provide to the community, only increased visibility for residents and businesses. 

Board Officers Elected for 2014ElectionOfficers2014


At the December 4, 2013 Board meeting, the NOVA Workforce Board elected new Board officers for 2014:  


Board Co-chairs:   

Dennis Cima,

Senior Vice President

Silicon Valley Leadership Group


Steve Van Dorn,

President & CEO

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau


Board Vice Chairs:

Christopher Galy,

Director of Talent Delivery



Poncho Guevara,

Executive Director

Sacred Heart Community Service


Under this new leadership, the NOVA Workforce Board will be prepared to continue to tackle the challenges and new opportunities NOVA and the local workforce investment community will face in the coming year. 

OnlineCurriculumNew Online Job Search Curriculum

In an effort to continue to improve upon its services and the customer experience, NOVA will shortly be launching

new online job search tools. These tools are intended to complement the current services NOVA provides to its customers and reinforce the content customers learn from career advisors and through workshops. To support these online tools, NOVA will be redesigning the PowerUp Your Job Search workshop and Job Search Plan labs where customers will be taught how to make the best use of this new online platform so they can capitalize on its benefits and practice what they've learned.  


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A NOVA Success StorySuccessStory

Mike was an Operations Specialist 1st Class in the U.S. Navy from 2007 until he separated in 2011. After a year of being unemployed after leaving the Navy and getting nowhere applying for IT contracting jobs in the Monterey area, he relocated to Silicon Valley to focus on getting a civilian IT job. Mike had had a few interviews and received feedback that his technical skills were outdated. He was interested in getting some training assistance through NOVA to update his skills. Mike felt that a barrier in his job search was understanding how his military skills translated into civilian skills. He had IT credentials and experience prior to being activated by the military, but his experience and certifications ended in 2007, and things had changed considerably by the fall of 2012.


Training Resources Now Available!


As a result of a state-funded Additional Assistance Grant, NOVA is now able to provide training funds for eligible dislocated workers. This new resource will enable them to retool for the constantly evolving technology industries and transition from obsolete occupations to jobs in growing sectors. If you know of someone who has been laid-off, please make sure to refer him/her to NOVA for assistance. 

HUD Regional Prosperity Grant AwardHUDRegionalGrant


NOVA has been awarded a $150,000 grant through the HUD-funded Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan, a partnership between the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, for its Bay Area Tech Career Advancement Initiative. NOVA received one of 10 grants awarded for this element of the plan totaling $1,050,000 in grant funding. Through this grant, NOVA proposes to create and deliver a career-related training curriculum to promote career advancement and economic self-sufficiency for students and alumni through Oakland-based Stride Center's entry-level tech training program. 


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2014 Release of Silicon Valley IndexJointVentureIndex2014

On an annual basis, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, releases the     Silicon Valley Index, a summary report that takes the temperature of the region's economic strength and our community's health, at the State of the Valley conference. This year, the annual conference was held on February 7. Highlights of the 2014 Silicon Valley Index indicate that Silicon Valley is continuing its four-year stretch of sustained job growth. Since 2007, the region has registered a 3.1% increase in employment, totaling 42,791+ jobs, and is a leader in innovation and in high growth, high wage sectors. Leading the way is Internet & Information Services showing a nearly 20% increase in growth and adding more than 5,600 new jobs this past year that is spreading to other sectors. Patent registration, which are drivers of innovation, increased by 11% to 15,057 patents in 2012. The region's share of venture capital, also important to innovation, continues to represent a significant portion of U.S. investment, increasing from 37% to 39% in 2013 and commanding 77% of the state's share. But not all the news is good.


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ElectricVehiclesForumElectric Vehicle Employer Event: 
New Report Released



Last June, NOVA was awarded a $250,000 State grant to create a strategic planning process for the emerging electric vehicle (EV) industry cluster.  The goal of the Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle Opportunity Initiative is to ensure that the local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to promote EV cluster growth and regional economic prosperity. NOVA is taking the lead on this project and is collaborating with two neighboring workforce investment boards (WIBs) - San Mateo County WIB and the San Jose-based work2future WIB, as well as many regional partners representing government, industry, education and organized labor. On January 14, as part of this initiative, NOVA, in partnership with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), who is coordinating partnerships with local EV companies, and the California Energy Commission (CEC), convened a workshop at Google in Mountain View for a capacity crowd representing the EV industry. 


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Sunnyvale Hosts Electric Vehicle Showcase


Communities are seizing the opportunity to promote electric vehicle usage, locally. On Saturday, February 8, the Sunnyvale Public Library hosted a roundtable discussion of Bay Area electric vehicle owners to share their experiences about the benefits of owning electric vehicles. Following the discussion, owners showcased their cars in the library parking lot to provide further insight into the world of alternative energy vehicles.

Cupertino Hosts Safeway Job FairSafewayJobFair


The new Safeway store in Cupertino is currently hiring for part-time permanent positions including Office Clerk, Food Clerk/Night Stocker, Produce Clerk, Floral Clerk, and Starbucks Clerk, among others. To support this effort, NOVA partnered with Safeway and the City of Cupertino to hold a job fair on December 9 and 10 at the Cupertino Community Hall. This event was a huge success with 68 candidates in attendance, of which 35 were extended job offers. Following an orientation, the new hires will undergo an eight-week training in preparation for the store opening in early March. NOVA Employer Services staff was in attendance to oversee the coordination of the event, with a NOVA career advisor on hand to provide interview tips to attendees prior to their prescreening and live interviews. 


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An Employer Testimonial: BenetechBenetechTestimonial

NOVA provides a wide range of employer services for the business community. Benetech in Palo Alto, a NOVA business customer, provided this testimonial: "NOVA has been an excellent partner in helping to meet our workforce needs.  We have worked with NOVA several times over the past year to fill our talent needs.  The NOVA staff has been very responsive and has quickly and effectively communicated our opportunities to their customers, worked with us to understand our business needs, and has consistently delivered qualified candidates for our review.  Over the past several months, we had a particularly difficult time filling one of our positions and it was a NOVA referred candidate who got the job.  That candidate is still with us today, doing great work.  We look forward to working with NOVA in the future and would recommend their services to other organizations looking for talented staff."

LinkedIn Grant Award for YouthLinkedInGrantAward

LinkedIn for Good Foundation has awarded NOVA a $25,000 community grant to serve at least ten additional low-income
disadvantaged youth, ages 16-24 years old, with up to 200 hours of paid work experience matched to the youth's interests and career goals. This funding will be used to prepare today's youth for future careers in demand-driven sectors and occupations through real-world work experience that will lead to self-sufficient employment and full participation in their community and economy. The NOVA Job Center continues to use LinkedIn technology as an invaluable tool to prepare job seekers for their job search, networking and future employment opportunities.

IntheCommunityNOVA 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. 


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President Launches New Opportunity for All Initiative

As a follow-up to the State of the Union Address, President Obama has launched  Opportunity For All: Empowering All Americans with the Skills Needed for In-Demand Jobs and has asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the- board review of the country's federal employment and training programs to ensure that the programs are job-driven and will help people attain the right skills that employers require to fill demand-driven jobs. This effort will entail interagency cooperation of the Secretaries of Labor, Education and Commerce, as well as leaders from other federal agencies and consultation with stakeholders on best practices in workforce preparation. This is part of the President's broader initiative, Opportunity for All. The local workforce investment boards can provide invaluable expertise and perspective and look forward to contributing to this process. The NOVA Director, Kris Stadelman has already participated in a conference call discussion hosted by Vice President Biden and Labor Secretary Perez about raising the minimum wage.


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