The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

Workforce Investment Act

Employment & Training

Since 1982 the WIA program has been known as the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) but it was passed by Congress in the year 1998 to WIA. It was fully implemented on July 1, 2000 and it authorizes federal funding for a wide variety of services designed to help youth and adults get and keep productive jobs.

Section 166 of WIA provides funding to Indian and Native American organizations for two programs, the first the (CPS) "Comprehensive Services" which is for adults and the second is "Supplemental Youth Services" (SYS) wich is for youth ages 14-21 years. Both programs are operated all year long including the youth which are able to work during summer vacations, school breaks and after school hours. However a minor under 16 yrs of age from Labor Day through May 31st are limited to the number of hours worked. Youth that are age 15 years and under are required by Department of Labor to have a work permit which is supplied by the principal of the school.

The WIA employment and training program will have a summer youth program for ages 14-21.This program provides youth work experience, an opportunity to acquire new skills, and develop appropriate work habits. The participants will complete 6 work related training modules before reporting to the work site. The learning modules are 1) Privacy and Confidentiality in the Workplace 2) Ethics in the workplace 3) Cultural Awareness 4)Attitude is Everything 5) Conflict resolution 6) Communicating Effectively. The other modules will occur weekly until the end of the program. I will be placing youth workers in various departments on campus. Please call ext 214 to request a youth worker. Placement and length of time are tentatively for 8 weeks pending funding availability.

Contact Info:
Gwynn Ridge, Director
580-723-4466 x214