Cherokee Nation invests an additional $ 29 million in skills training | New



TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation is investing an additional $ 29 million over the next three years to help Cherokee citizens negatively impacted by COVID-19 receive vocational training in skilled trades such as healthcare, construction, custody children, information technology and more.

Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced the initiative as part of the second anniversary of the Cherokee Nation Career Preparation Act, which he and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner proposed in 2019 and later enacted with the support from the Council of the Cherokee Nation.

“As a chef, this initiative is particularly important to me. Deep down inside, I really believe the Cherokees want to work, they just need a government to back them up. I believe we have to live in a society in which people who are willing to work hard, whatever skills they wish to develop, that their hard work should be rewarded, ”Hoskin said. “When this happens, families thrive and as a result our communities thrive. In 2019, we signed the Career Readiness Act to double our funding to $ 2 million per year to train Cherokees in a variety of skills. Last year, we were able to leverage federal COVID recovery funds to bring that amount to $ 7 million, and as a result, we’ve seen more Cherokees find great education and training opportunities going on. ‘use. I am proud that we will now invest an additional $ 29 million in the Career Guidance Act over the next three years and ensure that Cherokees who want to work do indeed have a government backing them. And as we grow and train this region’s workforce, we will have a dramatic impact on the economy here across the Cherokee Nation Reservation in unprecedented ways. “

Under the Career Preparation Act, hundreds of Cherokee citizens have already received professional assistance through the Cherokee Nation Career Services department in the past two years.

“For Cherokee citizens who choose to attend college or university, the Cherokee Nation has a long history of providing assistance through scholarships and other services. Higher education is a fantastic investment to support and I am proud of the work we have done in this regard. But not all Cherokees want to go this route, ”Warner said. “Some of the highest paying jobs – many of which are seen as jobs of the future – are in skilled trades that can only be learned through skills training or career technology programs. That’s why this $ 29 million injection of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act in Northeast Oklahoma is a game-changer for our communities. I look forward to seeing how many more hundreds of Cherokee citizens and families we can help with these new federal dollars over the next three years.

Eligible participants for the new vocational training opportunity funded by the American Rescue Plan Act must be citizens of the Cherokee Nation living on the Cherokee Nation Reservation or in a contiguous county whose border touches the border of the Reservation of the United States of America. Cherokee nation.

“Opening up this opportunity to the counties bordering the Cherokee Nation Reservation means that we will be able to assist a number of Cherokee citizens in general who live in the border counties of northwest Arkansas, southwest from Missouri and Southeast Kansas, “Hoskin said.” This means our investment will go even further and boost many more Cherokee families over the next three years. “

The $ 29 million boost to the Career Preparation Act will specifically help Cherokee citizens who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss or underemployment. Training programs include a wide range of industries such as construction trades, information technology, HVAC, healthcare, graphic design, hospitality, facility maintenance, billing and medical coding, welding, commercial driver’s license, electricity, culture and tourism, security and more.

The tribe can also connect participants to Cherokee Nation Career Services tribal training programs such as business technology, construction trades, surgical technology, tribal nursing program or childcare certification trainings.

“We will do all we can to help the Cherokees pursue any type of vocational training leading to well-paying employment,” Hoskin said.

To learn more, call Cherokee Nation Career Services at (918) 453-5555 or email [email protected]


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