Career Readiness Act doubles funding to train more Cherokees
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Oct. 16 in Pryor announces the Career Readiness Act and how it will help Cherokees learn new trades so they can obtain skills for future jobs. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., sitting center, announced and signed the Career Readiness Act on Oct. 16 in Pryor during a construction trade class surrounded by students, Tribal Councilors and other CN officials. The act doubles funding to $2 million per year to train Cherokees in areas of construction, health, information technology and lineman trade jobs. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PRYOR – The Career Readiness Act, signed by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. at the Northeast Tech Center on Oct. 16, doubles funding to $2 million per year to train Cherokee Nation citizens for construction, health, information technology and lineman trade jobs.
Hoskin signed the legislation during an evening construction trade class currently offered by CN Career Services at the NTC.
The career-readiness plan, outlined by Career Services Executive Director Diane Kelley, involves partnerships with vocational tech centers such as NTC, Indian Capital Technology Center and Tulsa Tech.
“I know that not every hard working, intelligent, bright Cherokee needs to or wants to go to college. But they do need an opportunity to get a skill to get ahead to get a job in the economy where the demand is,” Hoskin said “I believe firmly that we will leave some of our people behind if we don’t invest in career tech-type training whether it’s IT, whether it’s health care, whether it’s the building trades. If we don’t put more resources into that, we are leaving too many of our people behind.”
A training course for health care industry jobs at ICTC is being planned and other courses in IT and line work will be offered, according to a CN press release.
“I truly believe that what is being done here today will really make a landmark in Cherokee Nation, because I know for a fact that there are a lot of people out there that wouldn’t be working today were it not for the career tech centers and the work that we’ve done through our department,” Kelley said.
In fiscal year 2019, Career Services served 687 students in short-term customized training programs, in two-year vocational training programs or through tribal economic development job training, the CN press release states.
CN citizen Charles Burrow is a trade class students training through Career Services at NTC.
“I used to be a boiler maker. I fell on hard times, and I can’t do that kind of work anymore, so I’m trying to re-train. I’m looking into being an electrician when I’m done with these classes,” he said.
The first facet of the Career Readiness Act ties to the tribe’s $30 million Housing Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act of 2019. That act proposes to reduce a backlog of requests for housing repairs. According to CN officials, three-quarters of the $30 million will go toward renovating homes with $7.5 million going to remodeling or installing energy efficient measures – including solar panels – on non-residential structures, particularly tribal community centers.
“What we’re trying to do is give these people some information about general construction so that when we start the bidding process for these contractors to get people, we’ll have general laborers that understand how to use a tape measure, how to use a leveler, how to masonry work or basic electrical,” Kelley said.
She added that the Career Readiness Act may provide a better career path for CN citizens because the training programs make it free or affordable for participants.
“We look forward to partnering with our area career technology centers and vocational schools for these short, customized training programs,” she said.
ᎧᏩᏲᎢ – ᎾᏍᎩ Career Readiness Act, ᎤᏬᏪᎳᏁ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Chuck Hoskin Jr. ᎾᎿ Northeast Tech Center ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 16, ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ ᏗᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏁᎩᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᏰᎸ ᏄᏛᎿᏕᎬ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ, ᎠᏓᏃᎯᏎᎯ ᏖᎾᎳᏥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏏᎳᏛᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏗᏘᏁᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎧᏁᏉᎩ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ.
Hoskin ᎤᏬᏪᎳᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎧᎾᏩᏗᏍᏛ ᎠᏙᏢᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏒᎯᏰᏱ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏁᏍᎨᎩ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏗᎢ ᎢᏴᏓᎮ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Career Services ᎾᎿ NTC.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Career-readiness ᏚᏄᎪᏛ, ᎠᏟᎶᏓ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ Career Service Executive Director Diane Kelley, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏁᏟᏴᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏯᏛᎾ NTC, Indian Capital Technology Center and Tulsa Tech.
“ᎠᏆᏅᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ, ᎠᏂᏏᎾᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᎤᎾᏝᏅᏓᏕᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᎵᏏᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏂᏔᏲᏍᏗᎢ,” Hoskin ᎠᏗᏍᎬ “ᎠᏉᎯᏳ ᏍᏓᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᏓᏗᎧᎯᏯ ᎢᎦᏓ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎢᏳᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎸᎾ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏲᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎦ, ᏯᏛᎾ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ ᎬᏩᏂᏁᏟᏴᏍᏙᏗ. ᎢᏳᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎸᎾ ᏱᎩ, ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏕᏗᎧᎯᏯᎢ ᎬᏩᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.”
ᎤᎾᏓᏕᏲᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏴᏫ ᎠᏰᎸ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏛᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᎿ ICTC ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢᏗᎬᏩᎾᎶᏕᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏖ IT ᎠᎴ ᏓᏏᎳᏛ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᏊ, ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ CN ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᏂᎴᏯᏗᏍᎩ.
“ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᏉᎯᏳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏛᏙᏪᎳᏂ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏃ ᎠᏆᏅᏔ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏧᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁ ᎪᎯᎢᎦ ᏥᎩ Ꮭ ᏱᏗᎬᏩᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎮ ᎢᏳᏃ career tech centers ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏯᏛᏁᎸ ᏥᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᏗᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ Kelley ᎾᎿ ᎧᏁᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏄᏪᏒᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ 2019, Career Services ᏚᏍᏕᎸᎲ 687 ᏯᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏍᏆᎳ ᎢᎬᏁᎸ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏚᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏔᏅ, ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎨᏥᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏱᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎬᏩᏙᏢᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎨᏥᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᎬᏁᎭ ᎤᏬᏪᎳ.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Charles Burrow ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᎢᏗᏍᏓ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᎠᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗ ᎡᏙᎯ ᎾᎿ Career Services NTC.
“ᏧᏅᏔᏅ ᎠᎹ ᎠᎦᏃᏗᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎡᎵᏃ ᏍᏓ ᎾᏆᏛᎾᏕᎬ, ᎠᎴ ᏝᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ, ᏃᏊ ᎦᏁᎶᏗ ᎠᏆᎵᎩᏐᏗᎢ. ᏥᎦᏖᏃᎯ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᏍᏆᏛ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏕᎦᏕᎶᏆᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏯᏛᏗ ᎾᏖ Career Readiness Act ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ $30 ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏁᏍᎨᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏯᎵᏏᏅᏓ ᏯᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏂᎶᎯᏍᏔᏅ 2019. ᎯᎠ ᏗᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎤᎶᏒ ᎡᎳᏗᎨ ᏂᎬᏁ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏓᏅᏁᎲᎢ.
ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᏦᎢ ᎩᏄᏙᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎾᎿ 30 ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᎢᎦ ᏗᎬᏙᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏓᏅᏁᎲ ᏚᏁᏅᏒᎢ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ 7.5 million ᎾᏍᏊ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏗᎬᏂᏙᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏂᏓᏅᏓ ᏗᎦᏃᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎬᏩᎦᏃᏙᏗ ᎠᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ solar panels ᏥᏓᏃᏎᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎩᎶ ᏂᎦᏁᎸᎾ ᎨᏒ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
“ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏃ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎣᏣᏁᎶᏗ ᏦᏥᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎧᏃᎮᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏁᏍᏗᏱ ᎨᏎᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏲᏣᎴᏂ ᏙᏥᎬᏩᏢᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎾᏁᏍᎨᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎪᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏅᏙ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᏟᎶᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ level, ᏃᎴ cement ᎤᏃᏢᏗ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎯ ᏃᎴ ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Kelley.
ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᎾᎿ Career Readiness Act ᎡᎵᏊ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏅᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᏓᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎢᏒ ᎠᏎᏊ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏲᏟ ᏱᏓᎵᎬᏩᏢᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᎯᎯ.
“ᎣᏥᎦᏖᏃᎯᏃ ᏗᎦᎵᏗ ᎾᎿ career technology ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴ vocational ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏍᏆᎳ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎨᏥᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.