Workforce Development - Cherokee

Sustainability: Cherokee Nation 

Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin, right, who is a lifetime member of the Ironworkers local 584 union, visits a mobile welding lab. (Photo: Cherokee Phoenix) 

Widely regarded as a leading innovator in 477, the Cherokee Nation is working to expand its 477 program while simultaneously strengthening its collaboration with other departments and programs across Cherokee government, all in an effort to “enhance service delivery” to those it serves.Led by its Career Services (CS) Department, the Nation operates a growing suite of cross-coordinated initiatives for 477 participants, from its Day Training Program to Career Skills Training classes. As CS further expands it 477-connected efforts (it will soon take on Tribal TANF with a focus on training and jobs), it is making a concerted effort to ensure that staff have a deep institutional knowledge of Cherokee’s 477 program and their roles in growing its success. To that end, CS developed a set of instructional videos that teach about the history of Cherokee’s 477 program and its evolution to date, how the program has transformed lives (through the words of 477 participants themselves), and the new 477 law and how the Nation will customize it to bolster its ability to move the Cherokee people “toward self-sufficiency.” CS uses the videos as a standard component of its ongoing trainings for existing staff, and in the mandatory orientation for all new hires.

CONNECT: Kim Carroll, Grant & Compliance Director, Career Services, Cherokee Nation, kim-carroll@cherokee.org

Workforce Development: CHEROKEE NATION