Adult Education Program
This program provides GED classes for adult Native Americans who did not finish high school.
We offer classes to help students acquire the needed skills to earn their GED Diploma. Many Native Americans have received the GED diploma and gone on to better jobs, higher wages, or to continue their education.
The Choctaw Nation Adult Education program has qualified instructors to help prepare you to take the GED test. Classes are conducted within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation. Our GED instructors teach Writing, Grammar and Mathematics skills to provide each student with the skills to earn their GED diploma. Class sessions take approximately 3 months to complete.
There are no costs for the classes; books and class supplies are provided for each student.
Within today’s global economy, finding and keeping a job requires higher skill levels than ever before. Employers want workers with documented skills based on “real world” experience.
The Choctaw Nation’s vision for the development of the Career Development Program is to create a pipeline to quality career and technology training as well as career services for the Choctaw people.
Choctaw Nation College Connect
Choctaw Nation College Connect is the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's biennial college event. CCC creates opportunity for colleges, universities, and select Native American education organizations from across the country to connect with Choctaw high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
College Freshman Year Initiative (FYI)
The goal of College Freshman Year Initiative (FYI) is to create a community among Choctaw students, their college campus, and our staff wherein freshman students are empowered to make informed decisions and develop academic and life skills to become confident, proactive, and accountable participants in their college education. In order to achieve this goal, we’ve placed Choctaw Success Coaches on the campuses of Southeastern Oklahoma State University-Durant, Carl Albert State College-Poteau, and Eastern Oklahoma State College-Wilburton to closely assist Choctaw students throughout their Freshman year and foster success through graduation. We have also partnered with the OSU Center for Sovereign Nations - Stillwater to ensure that our students can achieve this goal. If you are a First-time Freshman, Choctaw Tribal member and are considering attending one of these schools, then please call our office today.
Contact: College Freshman Year Initiative
Phone: 580-924-8280, x2292
Email: [email protected]
High School Student Services
Our Goal is to assist our students with academic information to promote education and/or career path beyond high school.
Higher Education Program
Any tribal member of the Choctaw Nation actively pursuing a higher education degree may apply to receive assistance in the form of a scholarship or grant payable directly to an accredited college or university. There are no minimum blood quantum or location restrictions; however, students with multiple tribal lineages may only receive assistance from one tribe. Students must be working towards a minimum of an associate’s degree. Students may receive assistance with one Associates Degree, one Bachelor’s Degree, one Masters Degree, and one Doctorate Degree. Students seeking to obtain recognized certifications and/or licenses may contact the Choctaw Nation Career Development Program.
Jones Academy is a Native American residential learning center for elementary and secondary school age children. The facility is located in southeast Oklahoma and houses 190 co-ed students grades 1 through 12.
Pipeline for Advanced Training Health Sciences Academy (PATHS)
The overarching goal of PATHS is to increase the number of minority students in southeastern Oklahoma who enter health career pathways, which lead to successful employment in health care professions and result in more minority health professionals in the region, engendering both economic and social prosperity within these minority populations.
Choctaw Nation has partnered with Kiamichi Technology Centers to bring a training program to high school students geared toward a future in the medical field. This program will prepare student for post-secondary education by introducing them to health careers through health science and biomedical classes.
PATHS office locations include: McAlester, Durant, and Poteau
School of Choctaw Language
The Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna was established to promote and preserve the language, history and culture of the Choctaw people.
The Choctaw Nation believes the success of our people depends upon the education of our youth. Success Through Academic Recognition (STAR) promotes high levels of achievement by rewarding students’ academic success. By providing incentives to Choctaw students enrolled in second through twelfth grades, STAR encourages them to perform at optimal levels and reinforces the idea of “hard work pays off.” Since 2007, STAR has grown from an educational program for Choctaw students in southeast Oklahoma to an international program servicing Choctaw youth worldwide. STAR currently serves more than 20,000 students in forty-eight states and five foreign countries.
Student School and Activity Fund
The Student School & Activity Fund (SSAF) offers an annual $100 grant to purchase school supplies and clothing for Choctaw students possessing a tribal membership card.Students must be enrolled at an accredited school or daycare in order to receive funds. Home school students are eligible to receive the grant. Students must be at least 3 years old at the time an application is submitted. High school seniors cannot apply after their graduation date. If your high school student is 19 or older at the time of application submission, please mail a paper application and attach a document verifying that your student is still enrolled in high school.
Students qualifying for the grant will receive a $100 pre-paid Visa card within 2-3 weeks of application. If you need assistance or have questions in regards to your student’s Visa card, please contact the SSAF program.
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) prepares youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force and provides job training to economically disadvantaged individuals and others facing serious barriers to employment, who are in special need of such training to obtain productive employment.
Youth Empowerment & Advisory Board
Our goal is to empower youth to find the leader within themselves and find their voice. Learning happens through action and reflection. YAB members become community leaders through service. They learn to solve problems, set and achieve goals and are encouraged to reflect. This gives them a deeper understanding of their community and the world around them.