The mission of the Comanche Nation Workforce is to support employment and training services for the unemployed, newly employed, and/or currently employed Comanche Nation tribal members, and to support employment and training services for the unemployed, underemployed, or low income of different federally recognized 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.
About Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (W.I.O.A.)
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. Services will be provided to clients who meet the Department of Labor Poverty Guidelines which is associated with this grant.
About Native Employment Works (N.E.W.)
Those clients who are considered single head of household and/or received TANF 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. Services will be provided to clients who meet the Department of Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines which is associated with this grant.
Workforce Departmental Services
The Work Experience program provides unemployed 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 that is negotiable between the client, the Job Developer(s), and/or the Worksite Supervisor(s). 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 program participation. Upon completion of the Work Experience program, if a worksite plans to hire a client as a full-time, permanent employee, an extension of four (4) weeks may be granted, if funding is available. The goal of the Work Experience program is to assist clients in attaining unsubsidized employment after completion of the program. Service provided twice (2) per year, after a six (6) month waiting period, IF client successfully completes the Work Experience program and has not been able to find any employment opportunities. Second worksite placement would vary to allow additional employability training. Clients who are part-time or full-time, permanent employees of a company or business will not qualify for this service. Clients who do not complete the Work Experience program for whatever reason, must wait and reapply after one (1) year waiting period from their actual starting date.
On-The-Job Training Contract (OJT)
Should an employer be interested in hiring a 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 and worksite. If the worksite plans to offer the client unsubsidized employment and the OJT contract is approved, an extension of 30, 60, or 90 days may be granted through the contract. The extension gives the employer time to further evaluate the participant’s work ethic and skills while on the job and make appropriate employability accommodations to have the participant become a full-time, permanent, unsubsidized employee. This extension does not coincide with the four (4) week Work Experience extension that can be previously granted. The On-The-Job training program reimburses an employer up to 50% of the wages earned by a client during the length of the OJT contract.
Classroom Training (CRT)
Classroom Training program provides financial assistance to clients who are wanting to enroll or have enrolled in a short-term training course (6 months or less) at a technology center or trade school and assists with the costs of books and tuition, if needed. Program participants may receive a stipend of $7.25 per hour for seat time spent in a supervised classroom setting, at the discretion of the Classroom Training Coordinator. Supplementary funding is available for those clients requesting assistance with obtaining a GED (8 months or less). Supplementary funding is also available for high school students who are required to attend summer school (3 months or less) to maintain a scheduled course of graduation, if a school and teacher are available to provide services. Service provided once per year unless funding is available for clients who successfully completed CRT courses, so that further CRT courses can be provided.
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
The Summer Youth Employment Program provides eligible clients, ages 14 to 18 years old and ages 14 to 24 years old (federally funded), with an opportunity to receive employability training services in the private or public job sector. Program participants are placed at worksites during the summer for a six (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 additional assistance and help, if funding is still available. Only one service can be provided per year.
Supportive Service (SS)
Supportive Services are available to newly full-time, permanent employed adult clients, 18 years of age or older, and have not received their first paycheck. Financial assistance is provided to eligible clients to assist with work related clothing and/or work tools. Amount awarded per participant will be up to $150.00. Service provided once per year (Even if new employment is acquired several times throughout the year).
Employability Enhancement (EE)
Employability Enhancement services are available to currently full-time, permanent employed adult clients and/or newly full-time, permanent employed adult clients, 18 years of age or older, who require financial assistance with car repairs, public transportation, license reinstatement/renewal, or occupational license fees needed to maintain or retain their employment. Amount awarded per participant will be up to $300.00. Service provided once per year (Even if new employment is acquired several times throughout the year).
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm