San Mateo, CA – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s announcement on Friday that it has approved an additional $1.5 million in federal funds for the NOVA Workforce Board’s dislocated worker program.

“I am glad to see DOL’s continued support of NOVA, which provides invaluable training for my constituents and other dislocated Silicon Valley workers who have been unable to find employment despite their best efforts. While our region is fortunate to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, too many individuals are still struggling to reenter the workforce and many others are working lower wage jobs and want and need to move up the career ladder. This $1.5 million supplemental fund will go a long way to help with the continued delivery of critical services to these workers, many of whom have been impacted by layoffs and closures at more than 150 companies in Silicon Valley. The fact that this is the second supplemental fund that NOVA has received since DOL first approved funding of up to $3.2 million in 2016 is a testament to the success and excellence of the NOVA program. This latest round of supplemental funding brings the total funds awarded for this project to $4.7 million, serving approximately 1,560 participants.”