U.S. Army and Rhodes Convenience Stores Partner in Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — The U.S. Army and PAJCO/Rhodes 101 are scheduled to sign a partnership agreement on March 22, 2017, as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program at 1:00 p.m. at the Shuck Recital Hall (Southeast Missouri State University) 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63702.

The PaYS Program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross section of private industry, academia and state and local public institutes.  The U.S. Army PaYS Program guarantees honorably discharged Soldiers and Army Reservists a job interview and possible employment after their service in the Army.  The PaYS Program provides America’s youth with the unique opportunity to simultaneously serve their country and prepare for their future.   


The PaYS program is designed to help Soldiers prepare for a career after the Army by connecting them with employers who understand the skills, discipline, and work ethic that military service members bring to a business.  This program is part of a long-term U.S. Army effort to help Soldiers forge professional relationships with businesses and encourage business owners to look to the Army as a plentiful and reliable recruiting source.  Since PaYS began in 2000, more than 600 employers have partnered with the program, 11 of which are Missouri-based companies.  Rhodes partnership will make it the 12th company in Missouri to become a PaYS partner.

Members of the media who wish to cover the ceremony should RSVP to Rich Beckett, Chief, Advertising and Public Affairs of the Kansas City Army Recruiting Battalion at (816) 877-8607 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Rhodes Convenience Stores

Rhodes was established in 1956 and employs over 500 individuals throughout its 29 Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois locations.  As the area’s largest convenience store network, Rhodes provides a vast selection of quality products, excellent customer service and convenient locations, many of which include drive-thru service, fresh food items and 24-hour service.

As a company founded by a U.S. veteran, Rhodes proudly honors active duty military and veterans by supporting organizations that directly serve these individuals.  In 2016, Rhodes donated $10,000 to the USO for its nationwide efforts and $5,000 among four other organizations that are local to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois.

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