CalWorks and program to help jobless moving to Grass Valley |

CalWorks and program to help jobless moving to Grass Valley

The public assistance program CalWorks and a jobs and training program, with a combined workforce of 17 people, plan to relocate to Grass Valley from Nevada City, officials said Tuesday.

The county’s plan to lease 3,750 square feet at 715 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley, widely rumored in the real-estate community, is planned for Oct. 1.

“We chose the Maltman location because it is centrally located for employers and job seekers,” said Alison Lehman, county director of Social Services, in confirming the deal. “It is near Sierra College and one-half block from public transportation.”

The new lease is expected to go before the county Board of Supervisors for approval as early as Sept. 9. For more than eight years, CalWorks has been located at New Mohawk Road in Nevada City.

The new location also will house a business center for job seekers to look for employment, an employment board that is updated daily and training rooms. It also will assist businesses with recruitment.

The annual cost for the new location will be $66,843, or $1.49 per square foot, and also includes utilities. The new space will add an estimated 100 square feet and reduce annual cost by an estimated $1,650, Lehman said.

At the same time, the county is switching from Golden Sierra to Northern Rural Training Employment Consortium (Nortec) as a job training agency.

“Nortec charges the county 6.5 percent administration (fees) compared to Golden Sierra’s 36 percent, which will mean more funds for direct services,” Lehman said in outlining the rationale for the switch.

Nortec is comprised of nine counties: Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity. Golden Sierra serves Alpine, El Dorado and Placer counties.

Nortec became the operator on July 1.

The county is subleasing the Maltman space from Butte County Private Industry Council, a private nonprofit group that administers funds for employment and job training.

As previously reported, the county has seen an increase in participants of the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWorks). CalWorks is a cash program for families who have lost a parent, a job or who are needy caretakers of foster children.

No county general funds are used.

To contact Editor Jeff Pelline, e-mail or call 477-4235.

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