Employment counselors offer participants a boost in their job search and application techniques. Resume writing, job referral, interview tips, and other employment-related services are provided. Opportunities include subsidized and unsubsidized employment. Employment opportunities have no limitations. Hands-on job training with actual work experience and on-the-job training programs may be determined appropriate for some participants. Vocational exploration placements are designed to widen potential career options. Work experience placements are designed to help those who may need a boost in joining the workforce.
On-the-job training is utilized to encourage employers to choose an E&T participant over other similarly qualiﬁed applicants. Past opportunities have included daycare, general clerical, receptionist, medical, mechanical, bakery, restaurant, customer-oriented services, and many others. Both public and private businesses and organizations (whether for proﬁt or nonproﬁt) have benefited from employees obtained through CPN employment services.
Direct Employee Assistance
Direct employment assistance is designed to assist Indian people residing in Citizen Potawatomi Nation who have obtained a permanent full-time job but still need help with initial expenses for travel, meals, specialized clothing, etc. until they receive their first paycheck.
Education counselors are available to help participants complete grant applications from FAFSA (PELL), adult-basic education (ABE), GED studies, certiﬁcation training, or adult vocational training to higher education for bachelor’s degrees. ABE and GED are offered one-on-one and on-site or may be facilitated through other general public programs. Participants can obtain training through vocational-technical schools, two-year and four-year college programs, and more. Past students have selected courses that focused on nursing, business, dental, medical, ﬁber optics, and more.
Classroom training: classroom training is open to all federally recognized tribal members residing within the Citizen Potawatomi Nation service area. This program is designed to help middle and low-income families with education costs. Assistance is available for full-time and part-time students in various programs. Students must demonstrate an unmet financial need and maintain a 2.0 GPA to be considered. Funding is limited.
Computer learning lab: a computer learning lab is available in the Workforce Development & Social Services building to help provide GED instruction and other basic education for adults. There is computer training available for Microsoft Office, internet, research, grant applications, resume writing, job searches, and more.