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We are writing to you to draw your attention to the devastating consequences that workers and businesses in the Silicon Valley are facing because of reductions and rescissions of Workforce Investment Act funding to our community.. We hope that you will do all within your power to reinstate and increase funding as soon as possible.

The stories youll read on the following pages are individual yet resonate several truths. We are current members of ProMatch, ProMatch Alumni and Friends of ProMatch who have all experienced the magic of the programs offered through the remarkable and innovative efforts of the NOVA Workforce Board. ProMatch is part of the services offered by NOVA and provides skill-building workshops, training and most importantly collaborative intelligence about the job market today. In an ever-changing market, ProMatch provides job seekers the tools, confidence and hope necessary to regain employment.

Based in Sunnyvale, California, and serving the Silicon Valley region, NOVA (North Valley Job Training Consortium) is a public/private venture that provides customer-focused workforce development services for youth and adults, with a strong focus on dislocated workers. NOVAs customers, staff and Board work closely with local businesses, educators and job seekers to ensure that the programs and services are state-of-the-art, providing opportunities that build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and networks necessary to address the workforce needs of this center of innovation.

We are representative of the majority of job seekers served through NOVA, being highly skilled workers who have been laid off due to technology evolutions, corporate downsizing, off-shoring of jobs to China and India, or the closure of our companies. NOVA also helps job seekers with wide range of special needs such as homeless veterans (a large VA hospital is in or region), disabled workers with disabilities, welfare recipients, teen parents, and older workers. NOVA partners with many organizations in order to provide these job seekers with customized employment and training solutions.

The amount of funding allocated to NOVA has been continuously reduced over the past several years. Additionally, the President signed a law December 26, 2007 that will, in fact, take away up to $500,000 in funding that had already been promised, and in most cases, delivered to provide services to people in need.

This funding shortfall has had a disastrous effect on NOVA and its ability to provide services to the thousands of unemployed Silicon Valley workers. Because of this situation NOVA is forced to initiate a partial and temporary closure, effective Friday, February 15, 2008. NOVA has eliminated all operations every Friday through the end of June 2008. The doors to this precious asset are now closed to us 20\% of the time.

Our nations economy and security is greatly influenced by the research, development, and innovation provided by the workers we represent in Silicon Valley. We urgently appeal to you to provide your leadership and influence to restore these funds.

Respectfully,
ProMatch Members, Staff, Alumni and Friends of ProMatch

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  • 15 December 2015800. Proscy C
    Promatch is a great help for people looking for a job. Each member support, educate and help each other in finding a job. A lot of people depends on this organization and we need your support to keep it going.
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    I have witnessed firsthand the positive results that Promatch and Nova have brought to thousands of unemployed people in Silicon Valley. I was one of them. These organizations are a win win for everybody since they go way beyond providing just "fish on th
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    I am current member of ProMatch and recently landed an offer. I benefited from Promatch in many aspects: 1. it provided a supportive environment and structure for my career transition, the biggest challenge for me was to follow the job search plan. ProMat
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  • 18 November 2015790. Denis H
    Nova has been extremely helpful to me, and should be allowed to continue at full funding.
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  • 12 November 2015788. Scott G
    ProMatch has been an invaluable tool both times I have been laid off from my high tech jobs. It both helped me improve my job hunting skills and what type of job that I wanted. Also, one of the special things of ProMatch is that it is run by the people in
  • 12 November 2015787. Anne Mariedec
    NOVA and ProMatch have provided invaluable assistance in my job search. Please restore funding.
  • 11 November 2015786. Diana H
    On July 6, 2007, after eight years, my job at a Silicon Valley company was suddenly eliminated. Although I understand changing market conditions and that there are no guarantees, I was still shocked. The HR person at the company told me he got his job aft
  • 09 November 2015785. Thomas G
    NOVA and ProMatch helped me extremely in developing job seeking skills and confidence to eventually get a fulltime job. They deserve our tax dollars. They are great investments.
  • 08 November 2015784. John M
    NOVA and ProMatch services have helped me to improve myself and my job search knowledge/skills, plus raising self-confidence and mental approach that has elevated my "realm of the possible." This has increased my chance of getting a position where I can m
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    If it were not for Nova I would not be in school upgrading my job skills for a new career.
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    NOVA provides essential services to the community. It teaches unemployed people skills necessary for the job search such as resume preparation and networking to find the hidden jobs. It also provides a support structure for people when they need it that h
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  • 16 October 2015774. Geetha Y
    When I found out about Pro Match I was amazed that there was such a facility for unemployed people. It provided resources that were invaluable, classes that were extremely useful and a very encouraging atmosphere. I believe strongly that all the courses o

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Representatives Anna Eshoo, Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren as well as Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer

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