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[NOVA] Report to the NOVA Consortium: Winter 2017
   Winter 2017

Technology has reshaped the world for the better allowing us to conserve resources in production, feed more people with fewer acres, cure diseases, connect with those close to us, and improve our day-to-day quality of life. Technology has also reduced our dependence on manual labor and increased our need for higher-level math, science and computer skills. We still have a manufacturing industry in this country, but workers are less likely to directly operate the machines and more likely to program the computer that navigates the manufacturing process. The local workforce development community faces challenges in preparing the workforce for this critical shift to the new economy. Education, advanced training and skill-building are more important than ever to ensure that everyone fully participates in the changing labor market and achieves self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. The local workforce boards in Silicon Valley are now completing their local and regional four-year plans under WIOA that provides a road map for the future. Your ongoing commitment has brought us to the place we are today prepared for what the new challenges will bring. We look forward to working with you in what promises to be an exciting four years.
You can read more about our plans and community's accomplishments in this latest edition. Please share it with your colleagues and enjoy!
Warmest regards,
Kris Stadelman
NOVA Director 


WIOA Local Plan: Road Map to the Future
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires that local workforce boards develop a four-year strategic local plan. After several months of development with invaluable input from community partners, the NOVA Workforce Board and Sunnyvale City Council, as the Chief Elected Official for the NOVA consortium, have approved a comprehensive local plan that provides a road map for the WIOA workforce development system going forward. Ten priority strategies were identified that will shape our future direction, with success dependent upon participation from all sectors of this community. Current collaborative initiatives and prospective new ones are highlighted as part of this plan. The ten strategies include:...



WIOA Regional Plan: Career Pathways for Regional Sectors
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) also requires that local workforce boards, within a defined region, develop a four-year regional plan. The difference between the local and regional plans is that the local plan facilitates access to workforce services at the local level and the regional plan focuses on the development of regional sector pathway programs, specifically, career pathways that are aligned with regional industry sector needs. The State of California has established fourteen Regional Planning Units (RPU), with NOVA assigned to the Bay Peninsula RPU with three neighboring local workforce boards: San Francisco, San Jose-based work2future, and San Benito County. 

Innovative Adaptive Technology
On December 5, NOVA was awarded a grant to purchase technology to enhance its services to persons with disabilities at the NOVA Job Center computer lab in Sunnyvale. The new adaptive equipment will include assistive technology, software, computer mouse, and keyboards and is based on recommendations obtained from experts in the field to ensure it reflects the latest innovations. By upgrading current equipment, NOVA will be able to more effectively provide services accessible to all job seekers that will lead to a broader array of reemployment opportunities for persons with disabilities. This is in alignment with the tenets of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. 


NOVA Success Story: Joseph Loo
NOVA customer Joseph Loo describes his success story:
"I've been working as a microwave/rf [radio frequency]/antenna electrical engineer for over 20 years, and have been a NOVA customer three times! During my last layoff, NOVA staff came and spoke to my group and it was good for all of us to hear about the current services offered.
This go-around, I took advantage of a number of workshops including Job Search Tips for the Mature Worker and Behavior-Based Interviewing. The instructors are really knowledgeable, and the workshops are very helpful; I've been very impressed. Also, Promatch is great. 


High-Performing Board Grant
In 2013, as part of the federal Workforce Investment Act local planning process, the NOVA Workforce Board was designated
a High-Performing Board. On December 27, the California Workforce Development Board announced that for Program Year 16-17 the local workforce boards, designated as High-Performing Boards, would be awarded a monetary incentive grant of about $54,839 from the Governor's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) discretionary fund. This was the first year that funding was awarded to High-Performing Boards. With the development of a new local plan under WIOA, it is expected that local workforce boards will be undergoing a new review process for High-Performing Board status. For more information about the award, please visit the
Workforce Services Information Notice WSIN16-27.


Spotlight on NOVA Board Member Dr. Judy Miner of Foothill-De Anza Community College District

NOVA Workforce Board member Dr. Judy Miner is chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, which serves approximately 62,000 students a year at colleges in Los Altos Hills and Cupertino and a new education center in Sunnyvale.
As chief executive officer of the district and its 2,000 employees, she works to ensure that youth in the community acquire the skills necessary to transfer to a four-year university or enter the workforce and that adults can retool with high-demand skills for the growing industries in Silicon Valley.
Dr. Miner brings to the NOVA Board more than 35 years of experience as a community college administrator, a passion for lifelong learning, a commitment to improving the success of underrepresented populations, and a regional perspective gained by serving on the governing boards of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and the Bay Area Community College Consortium Career Technical Education Leadership Group. 


CONNECT16: Disruptive Technologies that Change our Communities
The CONNECT16 Conference: Disruptive Technologies that Change our Communities was held on November 16 in Redwood City. This year's event was an opportunity to hear
from thought leaders about the latest disrupters in technology, education, communications, politics, transportation and food and the challenges facing our communities. Inspiring speakers at this event included Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin, President Warren Slocum of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Rosanne Foust of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA), Jude Barry of VotersPros, Matt Mahan of Brigade, Steve Spinner of RevUpSoftware, Ragnar Von Schiber of Genentech, Colleen Cassity of Oracle, Nick Halla of Impossible Foods, and many more. This annual convening was sponsored this year by SAMCEDA, County of San Mateo, Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, California State Assembly, BOX and PenTV. NOVA Director Kris Stadelman had the opportunity to attend this wonderful event, which sparked a great deal of dialogue about the potential for tremendous innovation in the future.


Internship to Employment Program:
Call for Internships

Two years ago, NOVA was awarded a four-year Ready-to-Work
federal grant targeting unemployed skilled tech workers. Internships are an important component of this program in preparing job seekers for reemployment in this demand-driven sector. NOVA is reaching out to the business community to solicit participation in this program by hosting internships. These internships provide employers with a low-cost way to meet a short-term workforce need while offering mid-career professionals the chance to gain additional skills and experience. For more information, please visit the NOVA website.


Job Shadow Day
Job Shadow Day, a national initiative, provides students with the opportunity to experience the world of work firsthand and
make that critical connection between school and career. Students engage in career exploration by "shadowing" employees in the workplace and employers have the opportunity to present career options to potential future employees. For many years, NOVA, in collaboration with the City of Sunnyvale, has hosted a Job Shadow Day for this community's disadvantaged youth. This year, Job Shadow Day was held on February 14.


LinkedIn Event for NOVA Youth Program
LinkedIn hosted a special "Women in Leadership" event in November at its Sunnyvale campus. The purpose of this event was to introduce young women to career pathways to leadership in the technology industry. Sixty students, ages 15-24, participated from Homestead and Santa Clara high schools' accounting classes and Women Empowerment club and De Anza College's business club. The afternoon session began with a networking exercise where students had the chance to practice networking skills, which was followed by a "Rock Your Profile" presentation that discussed the importance of networking and creating a professional brand and online presence. 


In the Community

California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin Visits NOVA

On February 16, NOVA was honored to host a visit from California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. Assemblymember Mullin, representing San Mateo County, holds a leadership position in the State Assembly as Speaker pro Tempore, serves on the California Workforce Development Board, and has been a champion of the local workforce development community for many years. This visit was an opportunity for Assemblymember Mullin to hear more about NOVA and its work in San Mateo County, its leadership in the workforce development community, and how unique NOVA is from other workforce boards. 


Legislative Updates

Labor Secretary Nominee

On February 15, amid growing opposition from Republican senators, Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration just before his confirmation hearing with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Mr. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which is the parent company to the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains. During the review process, his workers, organized labor and Labor department employees raised serious concerns about his confirmation based on his company's high rate of labor violations, his opposition to the minimum wage requirements, and the comments he has made about workers and women. As Labor Secretary, he would be responsible for enforcing the rights of workers the department has been charged with protecting. On February 16, the White House announced the new nominee for Labor Secretary: Alexander Acosta. 

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