NOVA - Monroe Chamber Partnership
The most important aspect of NOVA is that it begins and ends with business. They begin by understanding the employment needs of each business. NOVA provides the support and assistance job seekers need to succeed and secure a great job in Northeast Louisiana.
When NOVA participants are trained and ready to go to work, they are linked back to the business community. Employers love the NOVA program and most especially their graduates who are excited and ready to go to work.
Recognizing the importance of a skilled and trained workforce to the business community, in 2009 the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and NOVA Workforce Institute of Northeast Louisiana joined forces.
Nine years and several hundred employer visits later, this partnership continues to flourish as NOVA has put more than 650 people into jobs in the region and our employers have gained skilled and productive employees.
Both NOVA and the Chamber are committed to identifying and addressing the business community’s ongoing workforce needs. The goal of both organizations is to ensure that Northeast Louisiana employers have the skilled and trained employees they need in order to be productive and profitable. Both the Chamber and NOVA understand that as more people go to work, our community becomes more prosperous.
This partnership is a true example of the Chamber’s Motto…
“Together We’re Stronger.”
Sue Nicholson, PCED, IOM, President & CEO
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
"Gardner Denver has had great success with the NOVA program - the candidates we've hired are committed to hard work, to self-improvement, and to the success of our team. We strongly support the mission and intent of NOVA, and it will remain for us a preferred program to depend on for entry-level opportunities to join our team."
Director, Operations North America Gardner Denver Thomas
"St. Francis is excited to partner with NOVA as a means to support our organization, our mission, and our community. NOVA provides a unique ability to enhance the abilities and skills of individuals that are needed for them to secure stable employment and economic independence. They have been helpful in connecting our workforce needs to those individuals which allow St. Francis as an organization to provide for our patients and community."
MBA, SHRM-SCP SPHR | Director, Human Resources St. Francis Medical Center
"As an employer who has been in the paper and plastic industries for some 40+ years. I, along with many other employers, have been concerned about the lack of a skilled workforce in the area of manufacturing in our community. NOVA is an organization that has made great strides in taking individuals who for whatever reason have taken the wrong path in life and need someone to give them guidance and vision in becoming a contributing source in the general workplace."
President Euroboard Inc.
"As one of Monroe’s larger employers planning to grow locally, CenturyLink recognizes the importance of cultivating a qualified workforce. This is why we support NOVA in its mission to not only prepare individuals in our community for living wage jobs but to also help them secure employment. NOVA is driving economic development and the services it provides are beneficial not only to businesses and individuals but to the entire region.”