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Cinco celebration to benefit academy

Recently the Private Industry Council of Butte County (PIC) notified Nevada County that they would be unable to continue operations of the Stonehouse Hospitality Academy.

The academy had been operating successfully for almost two years and provided important hands on job training for young people ages 18-24 to develop job skills in the hospitality industry.

The community is invited to attend a fundraiser on Thursday, May 5, at the Old Brewery (Stonehouse) in Nevada City. Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo dinner featuring extraordinary Mexican cuisine, created and served by the Stonehouse Academy trainees.

All proceeds will go to support the academy program.

The Miners Foundry's Board of Directors voted unanimously to become the operator of the program and will bring four trainees on as employees. Henry Harmon, the Chef Trainer, will continue with the program, providing training for the youth and managing events, baking production and food service.

"I've watched this program closely from its inception here and I've supported it wholeheartedly all along," Nevada City Mayor Robert Bergman said. "The Academy is an effective program. Henry is doing an excellent job with his trainees. I am delighted to hear that it will keep going."

Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of Miners Foundry, partnered with the Academy over the past few months and had been impressed with the program, service and trainees. She immediately began exploring partnership opportunities with Nikko Wu, owner of the Stonehouse, after hearing about PIC's abrupt closure. Bond expressed her enthusiasm for the program, service and trainees and shared.

"The Stonehouse and Miners Foundry have a common interest in keeping the program going," said Bond. "We have seen the many successes of the program first-hand and have been impressed. We believe that by working together the program can continue to succeed."

Trainees will continue to be screened and enrolled through the Nevada County One-Stop Business & Career Center, said Alison Lehman, Director of Social Services, Nevada County.

"The program is geared to serve individuals who may have barriers to employment," Lehman sad. "The Miners Foundry Board should be commended for responding and creating public/private partnership that will directly benefit young people and our community."

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