The Comanche Nation Workforce provides employment and training services to Native American tribal members who are unemployed, underemployed, or low income. Program services are provided through the administration of three grants which include:
- The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) adult and youth grants funded by the U.S. Department of Labor
- The Native Employment Works (NEW) grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- The Comanche Nation Gaming (CNG) supplement grant
- Develop more fully the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of such individuals
- Make such individuals more competitive in the workforce and to equip them with the entrepreneurial skills necessary for successful self-employment
- Promote the economic and social development of Native American communities in accordance with the goals and values of such communities
All services provided through the Comanche Nation Workforce are provided in a culturally appropriate manner, consistent with the principles of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.
There are six services provided by the Comanche Nation Workforce:
- Work Experience - The work experience program provides adult clients an opportunity to receive occupational skills training in the private and public job sector. Program participants are placed at work sites for an 8 week period (40 hours per week) and receive a pay rate of $8.50 per hour. A 4 week extension may be granted if the work site plans on offering the client full-time permanent employment.
- On-The-Job Training - Should an employer be interested in hiring a program participant as a full-time permanent employee, they can enter into an on-the-job training contract with the Comanche Nation Workforce. The on-the-job training program reimburses an employer up to 50% of the wages earned by a client within the first 90 days of employment.
- Supplemental Youth Services Program - The Supplemental Youth Services Program provides eligible clients ages 14-24 with an opportunity to receive work experience services in the private or public job sector. Program participants are placed at work sites for a 6 week period (40 hours per week) and receive a pay rate of $7.25 per hour.
- Classroom Training- The Classroom Training program provides financial assistance to clients who are enrolled in short term training courses (9 months or less) at area technology centers or trade schools to help cover the costs of books and tuition. Program participants also receive a stipend in the amount of $7.25 per hour for seat time spent in the class. Supplementary funding is also available for those clients requesting assistance with obtaining a GED and for those high school students who are required to attend summer to maintain their scheduled course of graduation.
- Supportive Services - Supportive Services are available to eligible clients who require financial assistance with clothing and tools needed to obtain employment. The maximum amount awarded per participant is $150.00.
- Employ-ability Enhancement - Employ-ability enhancement funding is available to eligible clients who require financial assistance with car repairs, public transportation, or license reinstatement needed to obtain and/or maintain employment. The maximum amount awarded per participant is $250.00.
Who is Eligible
- Members of federally recognized tribes
- The person must also be any of the following: Unemployed (at least seven days), Underemployed, low income, recipient of a bona fide lay off notice, employed (but determined by the grantee to be in need of employment and training services to obtain or retain employment that allows for self sufficiency)
- Applicants must reside in Comanche, Cotton, Caddo, Kiowa, or Tillman counties. Comanche tribal members who reside outside of the five county area are also eligible.
- Male applicants must also register or be registered for the Selective Service
How To Apply
- Complete a Comanche Nation Workforce application (link below)
- Applicants must also provide the following: Picture ID, A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB), Proof of Income (or signed letter from supporter), Proof of residency (utility bill, letter addressed to you, etc.), Proof of Public Assistance (Food Stamp Card/SSI Letter, etc.)
*Incomplete applications will not be accepted
Class Room Training Coordinator
Ph: (580) 492 3257
Fax: (580) 492 3770
MailingComanche Nation Workforce
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502
Address584 NW Bingo Rd.
Lawton, OK 73507