Having served as a member on the NOVA Board of Directors for the past 6 1/2 years, and currently, as President of the Board of Directors, I am extremely proud to have been a part of the innovations and ongoing initiatives. During the years that I have been privileged to serve, NOVA has forged new opportunities for growth.
It has expanded its footprint to include programs such as the Financial Opportunity Center, Digital Navigation Services, and Educational programs with Louisiana Delta Community College, in addition to its traditional Workforce training programs. We are truly delighted to have partnered with LA Delta Community College to incorporate the Trenchless Utility Installation Technician & Utility Lineman Training Programs.
The NOVA Staff has continued to grow and adapt to meet the ever-changing workforce needs in NELA. Through collaboration, dedication, and a team that never says “no,” thousands of citizens in our community and region have received the training, education, and support needed to gain new skills and connect with local employers for placement in jobs.
Over the years, I have witnessed this amazing journey of NOVA from its inception. Through an “inside” lens, there is a certain joy that comes when the NOVA participant not only achieves their goals, but accomplishes their dreams, and meets with the success of a Living Wage Career!
In closing, I want to thank the Employers of Northeast Louisiana and surrounding Regions for supporting NOVA for the past 15 years. Without your support and belief in NOV A’s mission, we would not have been able to make a difference in the lives of our participants. Special thanks to Paul West, Executive Director, Juanita Woods, Deputy Director, Director of Programs and Participant Services, and the entire Staff at NOVA.
I would also like to thank the Volunteer Board Members and our Advisory Council for your dedication to our community. Without your untiring efforts, we would not be where we are today – A Strong, Vibrant, Dedicated Organization meeting the Workforce Needs of NELA!
It is with great pleasure that I say Happy 15th Anniversary to NOVA Workforce Institute of Northeast Louisiana!
Sherry Ray Wilson
NOVA Board President