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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)
P.O. Box 1210
Durant, OK 74702-1210
800-522-6170 • 580-924-8280 • Fax: 580-924-2923

The purpose for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) is to increase, for individuals in the United States, particularly those individuals with barriers to employment, access to and opportunities for the employment, education, training and support services the need to succeed in the labor market. Time on the program is limited in accordance with the guidelines. The service delivery area compromises the 10.5 counties within the Choctaw Nation boundaries. Employment and Training Programs offered through WIOA

Work Experience

  • Participants are provided with basic work skills and good work habits necessary to enter into the job market.
  • Placement with employing agencies such as businesses and organizations, both public and non-profit.
  • Employment training provided based on participant and service area needed.
  • 100% payment to participant for up to three months (90 days).
  • Workman’s compensation insurance provided.
  • If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer.

On The Job Training

  • Training provided in the public or private sector.
  • Prepares participants for full or part-time employment.
  • Assists participant in becoming self-sufficient.
  • 50% reimbursement to employer for up to three months (90 days) during the training period.
  • Employer is required to provide Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
  • If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer.

Classroom Training

  • Funding provided for vocational training, certifications, and other courses at accredited colleges, universities, vocational institutions, and accredited specialized training institutions.
    • Classroom Training applicants attending a college or university will need to submit an application prior to deadline:
      Semester QuarterApplication Deadline
      Spring Semester (January – May)February 15th
      Summer Semester (June – July)June 15th
      Fall Semester (August – December)September 15th
  • Enhances skills and employability to meet job market demands requiring technical and specialized training.

Adult Program(s) Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants applying for employment and training services must be unemployed, underemployed, upgrading skills for career advancement or seeking retraining of skills to obtain employment. To determine applicant eligibility for employment and training programs, the following documents are required:

  • Copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership – Federally Recognized Tribe
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of Photo Identification
  • Selective Service – Males 18 years and older
  • Household Income Verification (most recent check stub, w2, tax return, etc.)
  • Residence Verification – junk mail, utility bill, etc.
  • Proof of Education – Transcript, Diploma, ACT, SAT or TABE assessment
  • Signed Employability Development Plan
  • Signed Acknowledgement Form
  • FERPA
Other documents may be requested for Employment or Education/Training services.

Youth Work Program(Applications accepted January 1st through April 1st)

  • Participants ages 16- 21 on or before 1st day of work.
  • Participants are permitted to work 5 weeks.
  • Participants are provided with basic work skills and good work habits necessary to enter into the job market.
  • Placement with employing agencies such as businesses and organizations, both public and non-profit.
  • Employment training provided based on participant and service area needed.
  • Workman’s compensation insurance provided.
  • If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer.

Youth Work Program Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants applying for youth services must meet supplemental youth eligibility requirements. To determine applicant eligibility for youth employment and training programs, the following documents are required:

  • Copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership – Federally Recognized Tribe
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of Photo Identification
  • Selective Service – Males 18 years and older
  • Household Income Verification (most recent check stub, w2, tax return, etc.)
  • Residence Verification – proof of mailing and physical address if different (junk mail, utility bill, etc.)
  • Signed Employability Development Plan
  • Signed Acknowledgement Form
  • Signed Statement of Understanding – Applicants below 18 years of age
Other documents needed:
  • Proof of Education – Transcript, Diploma, ACT, SAT or TABE assessment
  • FERPA