WIOA - Employment and Training

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Employment and Training program through the Osage Nation Department of Education provides assistance to Native American adults who live in Osage County (Reservation). Applicants must be 18 years of age and older, economically disadvantaged, unemployed or under-employed and meet income guidelines. Native American veterans receive priority. There is Osage preference.

To determine eligibility applicants will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Copy of CDIB / Membership card from a federally recognized tribe
  • Copy of Driver's license or Photo ID
  • Copy of Social Security card
  • Verification of Income for the last 3 months (check stub, unemployment verification, tax return, etc.)
  • Verification of Residency (utility bill, rental agreement or rental receipt - must include your name and address)
  • Selective Service registration for 18 to 25 year old males
  • Verification of Veterans status - DD214
  • Doctor's report / release (if disabled or under a doctor's care)

If you are interested or have questions please call or visit, Louise Cheshewalla, Employment and Training Coordinator, at the Osage Nation Department of Education. It is located at 102 Buffalo Ave., Hominy, OK in the Osage Industrial Park. Please call 918-287-5303 or email lcheshewalla@osagenation-nsn.gov. The employment and Training program is based on funding availability.

Employment and Training Programs offered through WIOA

Education, Training & Employment Application

Classroom Training - Osage County only

The Osage Nation Department of Education classroom training consists of long-term and short-term training through vocational technical schools or trade schools.

Long-term classroom training

For long-term classroom training participants we provide a bi-weekly training allowance for vocational technical schools or trade schools.  All participants for long-term training must apply for Federal Student Aid, the Pell Grant, prior to applying for classroom training assistance.  Participants must maintain satisfactory grades and have good attendance.

Short-term classroom training

Short-term training participants are eligible for full or partial payment toward tuition depending on the cost of the program that the participant wants to attend. This includes assistance for GED testing.

Eligibility requirements are as follows: Must be Native American and reside within the boundaries of Osage County; must meet HHS poverty income guidelines; must be 18 years of age or older, if 17 must have a GED.  Applicants must provide copies of their driver’s license or photo id, CDIB, social security card, verification of income and residency, all males 18 to 29 must be registered with selective services. Native American veterans receive priority.

Please call Louise Cheshewalla at 918-287-5303 for more information, walk-ins are welcome!

Work Experience – Osage County only

The Osage Nation Department of Education work experience is a temporary subsidized employment agreement, with a potential employer, with the goal being long-term employment for the participant. Potential applicants can be placed at tribal and non-tribal entities.

Supportive Service – Osage County only

The Osage Nation Department of Education supportive service for job assistance is available to eligible individuals who have recently obtained a job and can provide job confirmation through their employer. We will assist with specialized clothing, tools, equipment and other necessities up to $120.00.

Education, Training & Employment Application

Certification and Licensure – Osages Nationwide

The Certification and Licensure program is tribally funded and will assist the Osage participant with financial support up to $500.00 of incurred cost for one certification and/or licensure fee as funds are available. Certification and licensure applications are accepted anytime throughout the year. Approval is through the director and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Certification and Licensure Application

 The Oklahoma Workforce Portal

The portal is designed to provide job seekers, employers, and community partners with the tools and resources needed to help build Oklahoma’s workforce. http://www.ok.gov/okworks/

OKJobMatch.com, OKCareerPlanner.com and OKCollegeStart.org are just a few of the resources available.