Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., NOVA is a nonprofit, federally funded employment and training agency that provides customer-focused work force development services. It was formed in 1983 as the North Valley Job Training Consortium. The organization is directed by the NOVA Workforce Board, which works on behalf of the consortium composed of several cities. It works closely with local businesses, educators and job seekers and provides its programs and opportunities to build the knowledge, skills necessary to address the work force. It offers a variety of services for job seekers, businesses and the youths that include resource center for job seekers, job search workshops, pre-layoff assistance and outplacement services, labor market research, staffing and recruitment, employee training and retention services, professional development programs, programs for job seekers and job listing website. In addition, NOVA provides in-depth industry reports on various industries, including health care, interactive digital media, teaching and information technology.