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For choctaw nation career development

For Choctaw Nation

Career Development

KeyTrain Works!

Choctaw nation career development program

  • History

    • First employee – April 2007

  • Services

    • Facilitate career training which leads to industry recognized certification or licensure

      • 13 Career Counselors

      • 5 Academic & Employment Services Specialists

        • 14 Staff members hold gCDF Certification

        • Program is currently pursuing HPCD accreditation

      • Career Guidance

      • Financial Assistance – Tuition, books, fees, supplies, tools, etc.

      • Academic Enhancement

      • Employment Services

  • Current Client Base – Adults, H.S. Seniors

Choctaw Nation Career Development Program

Choctaw career development

  • Program Purpose

    • To facilitate education & training which leads to industry recognized certifications or licensures and self-sustaining employment for Choctaw tribal members.

  • Tribal Mission Statement

    • To enhance the lives of all members through opportunities designed to develop healthy, successful and productive lifestyles.

  • Tribal Vision

    • To achieve healthy, successful, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws.

Choctaw Career Development

Program innovations

Removal of tribal jurisdictional borders

Removal of blood quantum requirement

Choctaw Tribal Membership: 220,000+

Program Innovations

Current numbers

  • Room for Growth:

    • Tribal Members -- 200,000+

  • Current numbers

    Keys to the doors of success

    • Career Guidance

    • Relevant Academic Development

      • KeyTrain, WorkKeys, CRC

    • Education & Training

    • Credentialing

    • Employment Services

      • CRC

    • Financial Management

    • Success Experiences

    Keys to the Doors of Success

    Academic assessment

    • Pre-Assessments

      • Step #1 – KeyTrain/Career Ready 101 Pre-tests

        • Applied Math

        • Locating Information

        • Reading for Information

          • Internet-based

            • Clients across U.S.

          • Requirement for Payment of Training

            • No particular score levels required, but training may be delayed for academic preparation

    Academic Assessment

    Relevant academic enhancement

    • Academic Guidance

      • Academic Staff (5) -- Math and English Language Specialists

      • Client Follow-up

      • Relevant Academics

        • Utilization of Career Ready 101/KeyTrain

        • Career Cluster Based Pre-assessments

      • Academic Goals

        • Utilization of WorkKeys Profiles

          • WorkKeys Occupational Profiles Database

          • OKCIS

    Relevant Academic Enhancement

    Relevant academic enhancement1

    • Other KeyTrain Lessons

      • Writing, Applied Technology, Listening, Observation, Teamwork, etc.

    • Tutoring Services

    • Test Prep

    • Additional Web-Based Lessons/Practice

    • Career Readiness Preparation

    Relevant Academic Enhancement

    Relevant academic enhancement2

    • Nurse Prep Program

      • Potential Nursing Students

      • Focus on Academic Skill Building

      • Nursing Entrance Application

      • NEW – Nurse Prep Webinar

      • Success!

        • Joe – low grades in H.S. courses, out of school for over 5 years, worried about academics and ability to succeed

          • KeyTrain Assessment & Enhancement

            • 3rd Highest NET Scores in KTC Nursing Programs

          • Successfully completed LPN Training

          • Assists other Choctaw clients with preparation for nursing school

    Relevant Academic Enhancement

    Tracking client academic enhancement

    • KeyTrain Reports

    • Partner Training Facilities

      • OK Technology Centers

        • Continual Communications

      • Area Community/Junior Colleges

    • Client Database

    • Excel Sheet

    • Referrals for WorkKeys Testing

    Tracking Client Academic Enhancement

    Keytrain usage

    • It’s working!

      • Total Hours Worked: 3604

      • Pretests Completed: 3521

      • Hours Spent on Pretests: 1555

      • Hours Spent on Passed Lessons 1059

    Keytrain usage

    The process
    The Process

    Work Ready Communities

    Employment for Citizens

    Career readiness certification crc

    • WorkKeys Testing

      • Oklahoma’s WorkKeys/CRC Program

        • Free Assessments

        • Available Test Sites

      • Testing Outside of OK

      • National CRC

    Career Readiness Certification - CRC

    Crc success

    Career Readiness Certifications

    Total CRC's: 1426 2/15/2011

    Platinum: 1 %

    Gold: 33 %

    Silver: 51 %

    Bronze: 14 %

    CRC+: 13 %

    CRC Success

    Workkeys initiative

    CRC Incentive Awards

    • Platinum=$400

    • Gold = $300

    • Silver = $200

    • Bronze = $100

    • CRC+ = $100 additional

    WorkKeys Initiative

    Workkeys initiative process

    WorkKeys Initiative Process

    Glenda earned her NCRC at Paris Jr. College.

    Crc success stories

    CRC Success Stories

    Benefits of crc

    • Client Advantages

      • Documentation of skills

      • Additional credential for career portfolio

      • Competitiveness among students

      • Initiative $$$

      • Increased employability

    Benefits of CRC

    Amber & Tara are twins and each has earned her Silver Level CRC

    Clients earn crc

    • Oklahoma’s CRC+

      • KeyTrain’s Workplace Effectiveness & Work Ethics Curriculum

      • Oklahomans must complete curriculum

      • Choctaw Tribal Members must complete curriculum at 80% or higher scores to earn the CRC+ Initiative Award

    Clients Earn CRC+

    Education training

    • Leads to Industry Recognized Licensure or Certification

      • Short-term & Long-term

        • Technology Centers

        • Community/Junior College

        • Career Centers

        • Universities

      • CNA, LPN, RN, Truck Drivers, Teachers, Welders, HVAC Technicians, Automotive Technicians, Cosmetologists, Real Estate Agents, Accountants, etc.

      • Career Ladders

    Education & Training


    ACT’s New Report:

    Breaking New Ground

    Building a National Workforce Skills Credentialing System

    Middle-skills Gap

    Layered Workforce Certification Model - NAM


    Layered certifications career ladders

    Layered Certifications & Career Ladders

    Employment services

    • Employability Skill Development

      • Resume & Cover Letter Development Assistance

      • Interviewing Skills Training

      • Job Search Strategies

      • Employment Application Assistance

      • Networking Skill Development

    • Job Search Workshops

    • On-line Job Board

    • Email Job Listings

    • Client Follow-up

      • Completer Survey

    Employment Services

    Employment services1

    • Employer Relations

      • Continual access to a pool of trained and credentialed employment candidates for your selection purposes

      • Workforce diversification resource

      • A free online resource for posting jobs and reviewing resumes of potential employees

      • WorkKeys/CRC information & guidance

      • WorkKeys testing agency

      • Workforce development partner

      • Career Expo – direct contact with potential employees, free booth spaces

      • Employer Surveys

    Employment Services

    Ready set work webinar series

    • Resume Development

    • Professional Dress

    • Employment Application Strategies

    • Interview Skills

      • Free

      • Wednesdays starting Feb. 23

      • Noon to 12:30

      • Archived to

      • Contact for Registration:

    Ready, Set,… Work! Webinar Series

    Annual career expo

    Southeast Expo Center, McAlester, OK

    • Opening Ceremonies

    • Motivational Speakers – Jason White / Stan Clark / Sam Glenn

    • Employment & Educational Opportunities

      • 200 Employers & Schools/Training Facilities

      • 1900+ Job Seekers & Students

    • Lunch Provided for All

    • Transportation for Tribal Members

    • Employment Application Lab

    • Resume Assistance

    Annual Career Expo

    Keytrain works

    • Job Seeker Breakout Sessions

      • Employer Panels

      • Using Social Media in you Job Search

      • Health Careers Success Strategies

      • Using the CRC in your Job Search

    • High School Student Breakout Sessions

      • College Financial Aid/Admissions Process

      • Native American Programs, Services, & Scholarships

    • Employer Services

      • CRC & Work Ready Region Information

    Career expo 2011 save the date
    Career Expo 2011 – Save the date!

    Oklahoma s premier work ready region

    Certification Ceremony – November 10th, 2009

    Kiamichi Technology Center, Idabel, OK

    • Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce & Governor’s Council for Workforce & Economic Development Initiative

      • Certified Work Ready Communities have a competitive advantage because they can qualify a skilled workforce to an existing employer or a new business considering Oklahoma for a new location.

      • The Work Ready Community project expands the Career Readiness Certification efforts and verifies that certified communities or regions have a sustainable, reliable pipeline that delivers the right workers with the right skills at the right time.

    • Re-Certification in progress!

    “Oklahoma’s Premier Work Ready Region”

    Oklahoma s premier work ready region1

    • 13 Counties included:

      Choctaw Atoka

      Haskell Bryan

      Latimer Coal

      Leflore Johnston

      McCurtain McIntosh

      Pittsburg Hughes


      The nation’s largest Work Ready Community!

    “Oklahoma’s Premier Work Ready Region”

    Work ready region eligibility

    • To qualify as a “Certified Work Ready Community,” we must meet the following requirements

      #1. 3% of our existing workforce must be Career Readiness Certified


      #2. 25% of the available workforce must be Career Readiness Certified


      #3. The region must have either a minimum of 82% high school graduation rate OR 82% of high school seniors have Career Readiness Certificates

    Work Ready Region Eligibility




    Keytrain works

    • C must meet the following requirementshoctaw Asset Building (CAB) Program

      • CAB provides Choctaw tribal members with:

        • Financial Independence

        • Financial Literacy Training

        • Matching Funds (IDA)

          • First-time home owners

          • Small business development

          • Continuing education

            “The Choctaw Nation is keenly aware of the challenges our tribal members face…This IDA savings program will provide the training and support they need to help them establish good financial habits, as well as, a high-quality asset and a path toward a brighter future.” --Chief Gregory E. Pyle



    • Cost Benefit Analysis must meet the following requirements

      • LPN ($22k) to RN ($45k), Training Costs: $7k

      • Table Busser ($3.50/hr) to Diesel Tech ($14.00/hr), Training Costs: $4000

        Choctaw tribal members are achieving

        healthy, successful, productive, and

        self-sufficient lifestyles.


    Program marketing strategies
    Program Marketing Strategies must meet the following requirements

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    • Social Media must meet the following requirements

    • Newspaper

    • Billboards

    • Radio/TV

    Program Marketing Strategies

    Www choctawcareers com

    Website must meet the following requirements

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    Rhonda Mize, Academic & Employment Services Coordinator must meet the following | 580-931-7624

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