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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. The visit began with a meeting with NOVA Director Kris Stadelman about NOVA services, followed by participation in the ProMatch program’s weekly meeting, and concluded with a discussion with members of the NOVA Workforce Board. The visit was very informative and engaging and NOVA looks forward to being a resource to Assemblymember Mulllin’s office and his constituency in the future.

Meeting with San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Dave Pine

On January 20, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman had the pleasure of meeting with San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Dave Pine in Redwood City. Last October, the director was invited to present at a San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting to provide an update on the transition of San Mateo County to the NOVA consortium and the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Supervisor Pine was unable to attend this meeting, so his office invited the director to meet with him in person to discuss these updates. During the meeting, Supervisor Pine expressed an interest in youth and apprenticeship programs and the director discussed the youth services provided in San Mateo County and NOVA’s collaborative initiatives with organized labor in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties regarding apprenticeships in the construction and advanced transportation industries.

Visit with Skyline College President Stroud

On January 19, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman met with Skyline College President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud in San Bruno. Since San Mateo County joined the now eight-jurisdiction NOVA consortium, NOVA has been reaching out to prospective partners in San Mateo County. The purpose of this meeting with Skyline College was to explore opportunities to partner on future training curriculum, in collaboration with business, to ensure the workforce is prepared for jobs in emerging and demand-driven industries. One particular sector that is being explored is the alignment between software development and software operations (DevOps) bringing the end-user closer to the product design process. Overall, the meeting was very informative and productive.

NOVA Hosts Boston’s Workforce Development Community

On January 11 and 12, NOVA hosted several visitors from Boston: Alysia Ordway from the Boston Private Industry Council (a local workforce board) and Marybeth Campbell from SkillWorks (a Boston workforce fund collaborative). NOVA and Boston share many challenges that face the technology sector, so the purpose of this visit was to learn more about each organization’s best practices and opportunities to work together in the future. One prospective collaboration discussed was to pilot the Tech Talent Exchange, a public-private partnership multi-functional facility (one in each community) that will serve as a talent hub, training center and technology recruiting venue for regional job seekers with a passion and aptitude for technology and innovation careers. As a follow-up to this visit, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman will be visiting Boston on February 27.

Economic Opportunity Awards

On February 16, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman participated in the JobTrain Economic Opportunity Awards dinner at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Last fall JobTrain, a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act-contracted service provider in Menlo Park, in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle and LinkedIn, launched the Economic Opportunity Awards to recognize employers who have hired disadvantaged workers or demonstrated innovative approaches to serving this population, contributing to their career success. Nominees were selected from employers representing a broad range of tech and non-tech companies. NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to join the Nominations Committee that recommended 18 award recipients for this inaugural event, with six winners selected from among these nominees. The director was also a presenter of this year’s nominees at the dinner.