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Posted on: November 8, 2019

County Celebrates New Army PaYS Program Partnership

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Just a few days before Veterans Day, Nevada County and the Northern California Recruiting Battalion of the Army will be formalizing a partnership to support the recruitment of qualified veterans into County positions.

The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies. This ceremony officially recognizes the partnership between Nevada County and the U.S. Army that guarantees an interview for Soldiers who are highly qualified and skilled applicants for Nevada County.

In addition to the ceremony with the Army PaYS program, Nevada County is developing several programs to assist veterans find both job skills and careers opportunities in the County.

Nevada County recently joined the SkillBridge program with the Department of Defense. SkillBridge provides separating service members (from all military branches) the opportunity to intern up to 180 days with an employer to gain work experience at the end of their military service with their unit commanders concurrence. Nevada County is currently hosting Major Paul Cummings from the 9th Operations Group at Beale Air Force Base in our Office of Emergency Services on a 6 month internship.

The County is also working with the Department of Veteran affairs to leverage both the Work-Study and Non Paid Work Experience program and currently have 4 funded work study positions; two in Nevada County's Veterans Service Office, one in Human Resources and one in the Grass Valley Veterans Center. This program is funded by the VA specifically to assist the County's Veterans gain valuable work experience while providing services to Veterans. The Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) is a program designed to give disabled veterans (post education/vocational Rehabilitation) work experience to reintegrate back into the workforce. Army Veteran Danny Newlon is hosted under this program and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree at Golden Gate University.

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