Workforce

Mission 

The mission of the Comanche Nation Workforce is to support employment and training activities for unemployed, underemployed, or low income Native American tribal members in order to:

  •  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.
Services 

Work Experience - Adult

The Work Experience program provides adult clients, 18 years of age or older, an opportunity to receive employability training in the private or public job sector. Program participants are placed at worksites for an 8-week period (up to 40 hours per week) and receive a pay rate of at least $7.25 per hour. Clients will be placed according to educational attainment, job experience, and career interest. Each client will be required to attend a 1-day career development training course as a stipulation of his or her program participation. Only one service can be provided per year. 

 

Employability Enhancement

Employability Enhancement services are available to adult clients, 18 years of age or older, who require financial assistance with car repairs, public transportation, or license reinstatement needed for employment. The maximum amount awarded per participant is up to $250.00. Only one service can be provided per year.

 

Supportive Services

Supportive Services are available to adult clients, 18 years of age or older, who require financial assistance with work attire and work tools needed to maintain or retain employment. The maximum amount awarded per participant is up to $150.00. Only one service can be provided per year.

 

On-The-Job Training

Should an employer be interested in hiring a program participant as a full-time permanent employee after completing the Work Experience program, they can enter into an On-The-Job training contract with the Comanche Nation Workforce. During this time, a 4-week extension may be granted if the worksite plans to offer the client unsubsidized employment and is approved. This extension gives the employer time to further evaluate the participant’s work ethics and skills while on the job and make appropriate employability accommodations to ensure the company/business can have the participant become a full-time employee. The On-The-Job training program reimburses an employer up to 50% of the wages earned by a client within the first 60 days of employment. Only one service can be provided per year.

 

Native Employment Works (NEW)

Services will be provided to clients who meet the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. Those clients who are considered single head of household will be given priority for NEW services. The following work activities will be provided to clients who have been determined eligible for services: basic education, occupational training, and work experience. Once a client is determined eligible for services, they will be assessed for job readiness through the identification of their educational attainment, occupational skill set, and any barriers they may face that prevent them from obtaining full-time employment. The overall goal of the program is to help clients obtain unsubsidized employment.

 

Classroom Training Program

The Classroom Training Program provides financial assistance to clients who are enrolled in a short-term training course (6 months or less) at a technology center or trade school and to help cover the costs of books and tuition, if needed. Program participants receive a stipend in the amount of $7.25 per hour for seat time spent in class. Supplementary funding is also available for those clients requesting assistance with obtaining a GED (9 months or less) and for those high school students who are required to attend summer school (3 months or less) to maintain their scheduled course of graduation. Classroom Training Program services can only be used once per year. Participants enrolled in the Classroom Training Program are not eligible to utilize the Work Experience, Employability Enhancement, or Supportive Services programs due to funding allocation.

 

Grasshopper Program

Comanche Nation Workforce Grasshopper Program provides residential lawn mowing services to enrolled Comanche Nation tribal members who are at least 62 years of age and/or 100% permanently disabled if under the age of 62. To receive services, clients must reside within Comanche, Cotton, or Caddo Counties. Comanche Nation tribal elder must be head of household and reside in the home for which the lawn mowing services are being requested. Lawn mowing services will be provided up to 2 acres only. The Grasshopper Program is seasonal.

 

Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program provides eligible clients from ages 14 to 18 with an opportunity to receive work experience services in the private or public job sector. Program participants are placed at worksites during the summer for a 6-week period (up to 40 hours per week) and receive a pay rate of $7.25 per hour. An extension up to 6 weeks may be granted should the worksite request additional employment services and funding is still available. Only one service can be provided per year.

 

About WIOA

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA replaces the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and retains and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act took effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

Workforce

Physical Address:
1608 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73502
Phone: (580) 492-3257
Fax Number: (580)-492-3770
Mailing Address:
PO Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502

Email

Angela Atauvich
Director

Staff

Necia Morrow
Intake Specialist
Rodney Parker
SYEP/BearTracks Coordinator
June Kester
Accounts Payable/Payroll
Ann Pitts
Administrative Assistant
Patti Hart
Classroom Training Coordinator

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm