Nevada County Workforce Profile

Sitting on a bedrock of gold, Nevada County has a unique energy that provides home and hearth to renaissance men and women. Our population consists of artists who are engineers, techies who are farmers, business leaders that are healers and public service employees who are athletes. Most companies here are family owned, employees are loyal and contribution to community is a priority. With over 600 non profits in Nevada County , volunteerism and philanthropy are key to the individuals who live and move here, each following their passion through work and giving.

27.5% of the population has a bachelors degree and 37.3% have some college and overall of 93.3% of the population have attained high school or higher making one of the highest educated communities in rural California and in the country.

With some of the top and leading schools and community college in the State, we are proud to produce a well educated talent pipeline for local businesses. 27.5% of the population has a bachelors degree and 37.3% have some college and overall of 93.3% of the population have attained high school or higher making one of the highest educated rural communities in California and in the country.

Businesses here draw from a very accessible talent pool of students from Sierra College, Chico State University, Sacramento State University and UC Davis. Our demand for Technology, Manufacturing, Public Service, Health and Farming workforce is supplied not only by these excellent schools but also from the pool of high quality professionals that have moved here from San Fransisco, Los Angeles and other urban areas around California and the country.

Nevada County is a magnet for micro businesses, free lancers and remote workers who conduct their business globally, but without the hassles of high cost of living, traffic, sub par school systems for their children, safety issues and a high stress life. Entrepreneurs get a longer runway with their investment and the locations lends itself to creativity and an innovative workforce!

NCTechConnection hosts a ‘Talent Development Task Force’ that specifically address the growth and retention of technology training and digital literacy in order to keep up with the demand of tech talent in the area and to build a workforce that is adept in 21st century work skills.

Achievements of Talent Development Task force thus far:

  • 5 year forecast and workforce assessment of Tech Companies
  • Launch of Connected Communities Academy
  • Grant application to NoRTEC and launch of Nevada County Tech Connection
  • Joint Recruiting strategies and and Internship events amongst Tech Companies

Ongoing Mission:

Building, attraction and retention of Tech Talent in Nevada County. Creation of a sustainable Tech Talent Pipeline through analysis of the current ecosystem, convening of business, education and workforce members of the community. Creating an action plan that involves a step by step plan with the engagement of these community members.