August 24, 2016 – Nevada County has a new Technology Training Center, called the Connected Communities Academy. It is an initiative of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, driven by a group of local residents who work in the technology industry and want to share their knowledge in order to increase economic opportunity in our community. NCERC has the partnered with the local CalWorks Program and the Placer School of Adults and various other local agencies to make this academy a reality.

Who is the Academy for?

“We know from experience that the technology industry can provide vibrant and challenging opportunities to people in any location, not just in Silicon Valley, and that you don’t have to fit the mold of a “typical” computer geek to have a great tech career!  There is an option here for just about everyone” said the Academy Director, Shavati Karki-Pearl. The Academy is for anyone who also loves living here and would like to find work that will provide them and their families with a long term sustainable living in a high growth, high wage industry. The Academy offers new training options in the field of technology; information about tech careers and how to get one; and support and advice from industry experts on how navigate the ecosystem.

Where is it located?

The Academy is located within the Green Screen Institute, in Nevada City, California, a small town with a big heart in the Sierra foothills. It is a hub of businesses and start-ups that are innovators in the digital technology world and is poised to become a leader in the up and coming field of virtual reality.

Find out more!

Attend their Open House on August 24th between 6- 8pm. It will be an interactive information session with the mentors, demonstrations of virtual reality experiences and raffle drawings with up to $75 towards a course of your choice. Bring your questions to 104 New Mohawk Drive (back entrance), Nevada City, CA. For more information go to or facebook/