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School-to-Work Program

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Eligible Chickasaw participants have the opportunity to receive a stipend while pursuing a full-time college or vocational program and complete on-the-job training in a specified degree field.

On-the-job training provides school-to-work students with specific types of employment opportunities related to their course of study. While working in these positions, students receive superior instruction and invaluable work experience. This creates a better prepared Chickasaw to enter the corporate world upon graduation.

Partnering with other departments and businesses within the Chickasaw Nation, the school-to-work program allows the Chickasaw Nation to “grow our own” by providing student participants with real world work experience while attending school.

You Provide

  • Chickasaw citizenship card

Eligibility

  • Chickasaw citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • High school graduate or have passed a GED and/or HSE course and received a certificate
  • Must be willing to pursue a degree from an accredited vocational school, college or university full-time
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA required
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can a student get started with the Chickasaw Nation School-to-Work Program (STWP)?

    Applications are accepted in April and November. You can access the application from the Chickasaw Employment Access webpage, Chickasaw.net/CEA, or the STWP webpage, Chickasaw.net/SchoolToWork.

    For more information, contact Chickasaw Employment Access at (580) 276-1849, or email CEANavigation@Chickasaw.net.

  2. What types of work/trainings are offered?

    Through the School-to-Work Program, pre-employment training provides student participants with specific types of on-the-job training opportunities related to their course of study. We do our best to place students at an on-the-job training site that relates to their major or intended career path as closely as possible.

  3. What is the rate of compensation?

    Eligible Chickasaw participants have the opportunity to receive full-time compensation starting at $12 per hour.

  4. What are the general program requirements?

    You must already be admitted to the school you want to attend prior to applying with the School-to-Work Program. If selected, you should be enrolled in the next upcoming semester.

    Eligibility requirements are as follows:

    • Chickasaw citizen
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Reliable transportation
    • High school graduate or received a high school equivalency diploma
    • Accepted or enrolled in a full-time accredited college or vocational program, and in good academic standing, if already enrolled
    • Designated as a non-traditional student
    • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  5. What career paths are accepted for this program?

    Almost any career path through an accredited college or vocational program can be accommodated.

  6. Who can I contact if I have questions?

    For more information about pre-employment opportunities within the School-to-Work Program, contact Chickasaw Employment Access at (580) 276-1849, or email CEANavigation@Chickasaw.net.

  7. I attend an Oklahoma City metro-area school. Will I still be able to apply for the School-to-Work Program?

    Yes, you can select any of the locations listed, or choose the one closest to you. We will identify the appropriate School-to-Work Program site based on the school you are attending.

  8. I do not turn 18 until the month after the application deadline. Since I will be 18 before the start date but not 18 for application deadline, will I still be able to apply?

    If you are a high school graduate or equivalent, you will be eligible.

  9. How can I apply for the School-to-Work Program?

    You can access the application from the Chickasaw Employment Access webpage or the School-to-Work Program webpage.

    The Chickasaw Employment Access application is always available, however the option to choose the School-to-Work Program is only available in April and November. Please look for STWP advertising on Chickasaw Nation media outlets for when we will be accepting applications again.

  10. I do not have a driver’s license; can I still apply?

    A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are needed to get to and from campus, on-the-job training and the School-to-Work Program office. Frequency of transportation to these sites will depend on the student’s schedule so reliable transportation is a must.

    The Chickasaw Nation offers driver education classes on a qualified basis and driver examinations to all Chickasaw citizens meeting the requirements. Contact the Driver Education Training Program to learn more.

    Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services may be available for eligible citizens. Visit Chickasaw.net/Transportation to learn more.

  11. What is a non-traditional student?

    In general, enrollment, financial status, family status, family history, age, career goals and career history are all factors that may designate an applicant as a non-traditional student.

  12. I cannot submit the application/I cannot get the application to work.

    Be sure all of the required items (red boxes) are completed. You have to complete the required questions on the application for the School-to-Work option to become available for selection. Note: The Chickasaw Employment Access application is always available, however the option to choose the STWP is only available in April and November. Please look for STWP advertising on Chickasaw Nation media outlets for when we will be accepting applications again.

    Also, attachments may be required to complete the application. If you do not have all the documents ready, upload what you have. A navigator will contact you and you will be able to provide additional documents at that time.

    For additional assistance with the application process, contact Chickasaw Employment Access at (580) 276-1849 or email CEANavigation@Chickasaw.net. A team ready to assist.

  13. I do not see the application link on the School-to-Work page on Chickasaw.net? How do I apply?

    Applications are accepted in April and November. During this time, you will be able to access the CEA application and select School-to-Work as a service you are applying for. In the other months, the School-to-Work service option will not be accessible.

    Also, be sure all of the required items (red boxes) are completed and the requested documents are uploaded. You must complete the required questions on the application for the School-to-Work Program option to become available for selection.

    The application is available from the Chickasaw Employment Access page on Chickasaw.net or by clicking one of the links provided below.

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Other Information

Higher education funding for eligible Chickasaw citizens may be available through the Chickasaw Nation Higher Education or Career Technology Programs.

Applications are accepted twice each year for positions that begin in January and June.
Apply by Nov. 4 for the January start date and April 30 for the June start date.

Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

This service is available inside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

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Contact Information

Locations

School to Work - Ada
910 Colony Drive
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 559-0815

School to Work - Ardmore
2341 N. Commerce
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401

(580) 222-2839

School to Work - Norman (Oklahoma City)
1014 24th Ave. NW, Suite 110
Norman, Oklahoma 73069

(405) 767-8992