Adult Education Program
This program provides HSE (High School Equivalency)/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 HSE/GED Diploma. Many Native Americans have received the HSE/GED diploma and gone on to better jobs, higher wages, or to continue their education.
There are no costs for the classes; books and class supplies are provided for each student.
Accredited as a High Performance Career Development Program
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.
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
Choctaw Asset Building (CAB)
Our goal is to assist 340 Choctaw individuals and/or families to manage their money and credit wisely, and to empower them in regularly saving toward a major asset (new home, post-secondary education, or small business capitalization )through Individual Development Accounts, thus helping them take strong steps to break free from generational poverty and achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.
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
Choctaw College Connect
Choctaw College Connect is the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s annual 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.
Choctaw Clothing Allowance
The Clothing Allowance is a one-time payment to post high school students who complete their first semester of higher education with passing grades. Any Choctaw with a CDIB and tribal membership can apply. The amount of the allowance is determined by the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) and students must carry 12 hours or more.
Higher Education Program
Any tribal member of the Choctaw Nation actively pursuing a higher education degree is eligible 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 may receive assistance from the Choctaw Nation Career Development Program.
School of Choctaw Language
The Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna was established to promote and preserve the language, history and culture of the Choctaw people.
Technology Allowance Program
The Choctaw Nation offers a one-time technology allowance to Choctaw tribal members throughout the United States who are currently attending an accredited college or university. If you received a laptop under the College Computer Distribution Program, you have already received these funds and do not qualify for this program. Students must be a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; however, there are no blood quantum requirements.
Tim Amos, Coordinator
Phone: (866) 933-2260 Ext 2613
This program offers financial assistance for Adult Vocational Training for up to a maximum of 24 months.
- Be at least 1/4 Native American and have a CDIB showing the degree of Native American blood.
- Be a high school graduate or have completed a GED course.
- Live within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation.
- Plan to attend an accredited college, institution, or vo-tech.
To apply, you will need to fill out the Vocational Development Application (PDF).
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.