Cherokee trade jobs

Front row, from left: Deputy Cherokee Chief Bryan Warner, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Chief of Staff Todd Enlow; and back row: Cherokee tribal councilors Keith Austin, Mike Shambaugh, Dora Patzkowski, Janees Taylor, Joe Deere are pictured Wednesday. Courtesy

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced and signed legislation Wednesday that will double the funding to $2 million per year to train Cherokees in the areas of construction, health, information technology and lineman trade jobs.

Hoskin signed the Career Readiness Act at Northeast Tech in Pryor during a construction trade class with about a dozen native students.

“We invest heavily in sending Cherokees to college on scholarships, and we should not forget our Cherokees who opt for skilled trades training after high school so they are as equally prepared. The Career Readiness Act will train hundreds of our citizens in jobs for the future,” Hoskin said. “Some of the best-paying jobs are in the skilled trades that can only be learned through vocational training or career technology programs.”

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The Career Readiness Act doubles current funding levels from $1 million to $2 million per year, which will be used for the tribe’s Career Services department to offer training programs to tribal citizens.

“The Career Readiness Act will provide opportunities to more Cherokees who want to learn a new trade or build upon the skills they already have,” Deputy Chief Bryan Warner said. “I believe this legislation is something we can all support. It will help shape the future of the Cherokee Nation and of Cherokee families for years to come.”

Currently, Career Services offers a construction trade class at Northeast Tech in Pryor. A training course for health care industry jobs at Indian Capital Technology Center is being planned and other courses in IT and line work will be offered.

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Michael Dekker


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