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New Start Program

NOVA’s California New Start program was a highly successful collaboration with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The goal of this program was to connect parolees to employment opportunities, training, and services following their release, in order to increase job retention and reduce recidivism. Over a two-year period from 2009 to 2011, NOVA received funding allowing us to serve 84 parolees with a final outcome of a 77.4% entered-employment rate.


CDCR parole agents made direct referrals to the New Start Program at NOVA. Participants received intensive one-on-one coaching in résumé development, interview preparation, networking, and job development, as well as supportive services such as transportation assistance, interview clothing, and work tools. Twenty-three of the parolees received classroom training to obtain new skills such as truck driving, software quality assurance, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, culinary arts, and automotive specialist.  An additional six parolees received on-the-job training with local small businesses in areas such as air filtration system technician, recycling and reclamation worker, and restaurant shift manager. 


For more information about NOVA’s success with the New Start Program, contact Lisa Rijhwani at 408-730-7647.

Click here to view New Start client profiles.