Employment Training Services

OVERVIEW

The purpose of Employment Training Services is to help people succeed in the labor market by providing opportunities for employment, education and training. These services are particularly designed for those who have barriers to employment. Time in the program is limited in accordance with the guidelines. These services are available within the Choctaw Nation’s 10.5 counties.

Employment and Training Programs offered through Employment Training Services 

Work Experience 

  •  Participants are provided with basic work skills and good work habits necessary to enter into the job market. 
  •  Placement with employing agencies such as businesses and organizations, both public and non-profit. 
  •  Employment training provided based on participant and service area needed. 
  • 100% payment to participant for up to three months (90 days). 
  •  Workman’s compensation insurance provided. 
  •  If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer. 

On The Job Training

  •  Training provided in the public or private sector. 
  •  Prepares participants for full or part-time employment. 
  •  Assists participant in becoming self-sufficient. 
  •  50% reimbursement to employer for up to three months (90 days) during the training period. 
  •  Employer is required to provide Worker’s Compensation Insurance. 
  •  If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer. 

Classroom Training 

Employment Training Services provides funding for vocational training, certifications and other courses at accredited colleges, universities, vocational and/or specialized training institutions. This service enhances skills and employability to meet job market demands. Classroom training is limited to a total of four semesters.

ELIGIBILITY PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY
  • Must have a permanent residence within
    the Choctaw Nation 10½ counties
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must submit a letter from an advisor
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Make progress toward degree/certifiation
  • Submit attendance summary in a timely
    manner and with appropriate signatures
  • Submit transcript an enrollment at
    completion of each semester
Semester Quarter Application Deadline
Spring Semester (January - May) February 15th
Summer Semester (June - July) June 15th
Fall Semester (August - December) September 15th

 

Adult Program(s) Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants applying for employment and training services must be unemployed, underemployed, upgrading skills for career advancement or seeking retraining of skills to obtain employment. To determine applicant eligibility for employment and training programs, the following documents are required: 

  •  Copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership – Federally Recognized Tribe 
  •  Copy of Photo Identification 
  •  Selective Service – Males 18 years and older 
  •  Residence Verification – proof of mailing and physical address if different (junk mail, utility bill, etc.)
  •  Proof of Education – Transcript, Diploma, ACT, SAT or TABE assessment 
  •  Signed Employability Development Plan 
  •  Signed Acknowledgement Form 
  • Other documents may be requested for Employment or Education/Training services

Summer Youth Employment Services (Applications accepted January 1st through April 1st) 

  •  Participants ages 16- 21 on or before 1st day of work. 
  •  Participants are permitted to work 5 weeks. 
  •  Participants are provided with basic work skills and good work habits necessary to enter into the job market. 
  •  Placement with employing agencies such as businesses and organizations, both public and non-profit. 
  •  Employment training provided based on participant and service area needed. 
  •  Workman’s compensation insurance provided. 
  •  If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer. 
  •  Summer Youth Virtual Job Shadowing

Summer Youth Employment Services Eligibility Requirements: 

 Applicants applying for youth services must meet supplemental youth eligibility requirements. To determine applicant eligibility for youth employment and training programs, the following documents are required: 

  •  Copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership – Federally Recognized Tribe 
  •  Copy of Photo Identification 
  •  Selective Service – Males 18 years and older 
  •  Household income verification (most recent check stub, w2, tax return, etc.) 
  •  Residence Verification – proof of mailing and physical address if different (junk mail, utility bill, etc.) 
  •  Signed Employability Development Plan 
  •  Signed Acknowledgement Form 
  •  Signed Statement of Understanding – Applicants below 18 years of age 

HOW TO APPLY Complete the online application by clicking here

Adult employment and short term training reimbursement applicants may apply at any time. 

Classroom Training applicants attending a college or university will need to submit an application prior to deadline: 

Summer Youth Employment Services applicants MUST reapply each year prior to the application deadline

Application Open Application Deadline
January 1st April 1st

PROGRAM CONTACTS 

Contact our office by dialing 1-800-522-6170. 

Classroom Training (CRT) - Coordinator at Extension 2462. 

On-the-Job Training (OJT) - Workforce Specialists at Extensions 2203, 2208, 2326 or 2394. 

Work Experience (WE) - Workforce Specialists at Extensions 2203, 2208, 2326 or 2394. 

Youth Work Program - Workforce Specialists at Extensions 2203, 2208, 2326, or 2394. 

Applicants must meet eligibility guidelines to receive WIOA services. 

Director – Patty Hyde, Ext. 2209 ● Assistant Director – Shanna Douglas, Ext. 2394 

WIOA HELPFUL LINKS

Choctaw Careers

Choctaw Choctaw Nation Career Development

Oklahoma Workforce

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION 

President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. (https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/)

Public Law 102-477 is the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992, as amended by Public Law 106-568, the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act of 2000. Public Law 102-477 is unique among Federal legislation, in that it allows Federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native entities to combine formula-funded Federal grants funds, which are employment and training-related into a single plan with a single budget and a single reporting system.

Programs are based on funding availability and are subject to change without prior notice. October 2019