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Cherokees unveil new jobs program
By LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON World Correspondent
Published: 5/19/2011 2:19 AM
Last Modified: 5/19/2011 3:31 AM
TAHLEQUAH - The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma announced a new program Wednesday that will work to improve employment opportunities in northeastern Oklahoma.
Along with Cherokee Nation Businesses, the tribe introduced the "Jobs Well Done" initiative, which will offer job training, placement services and employment prospects for tribal citizens.
The program's goal is to increase employment among the tribe's members by connecting individuals with jobs that match a person's skill set. It also establishes a day training program, provides vocational and educational aid, offers career counseling services and emphasizes internships within the tribal government and Cherokee Nation Businesses, the business arm of the tribe.
The tribe's government has offered some employment assistance programs for several, such as the Talking Leaves Job Corps.
This is the first time the services have been offered in conjunction with Cherokee Nation Businesses.
The initiative also will create a central job bank for the tribe's government, Cherokee Nation Businesses and Indian-owned businesses through its website, tulsaworld.com/cherokeejobs Recruiters will work with job bank applicants to discuss career goals and opportunities.
Before Wednesday's announcement, jobs with the tribal government were listed at tulsaworld.com/cherokee, and openings with the tribe's business entities, including Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Cherokee Nation Industries, were posted separately through Cherokee Nation Businesses' website.
"We want to continue to give Cherokee people the tools they need to help themselves and others at the same time," said Principal Chief Chad Smith. "The best service our government can offer its citizens is a job. Work allows them to take care of their families and be an asset in their communities.
"The Jobs Well Done program helps immediately link Cherokees with good-paying jobs, or training and mentoring to build successful long-term careers."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent data, all but one of the 14 counties within the tribe's jurisdiction had unemployment rates higher than 5 percent in March and only four were below the state unemployment rate of 5.7 percent.
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