Because Eklutna is a “small tribe”; funding is almost always inadequate to provide services for our more than 320 Tribal Members. While we do our best to help where we can, it is important to let our Tribal Members know about other services they may be eligible for to help them meet their goals. Here is a list of some of those places, please share this information with your families.
Assistance Services provided to Alaska Native and Native Americans at Cook Inlet Tribal Council. They have offices in Anchorage and Wasilla.
COOK INLET TRIBAL COUNCIL CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
The Child Care Assistance program provides financial assistance to Alaska Native and Native American families in need of daycare services for children under the age of 13, while parents are engaged in employment, training or educational activities. Parents must be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week, or attending a college/university or vocational training at least half-time, as defined by the institution’s enrollment criteria. Parents may receive assistance for up to one month for job-search purposes. Alaska Native or American Indian families or individuals having income eligibility as determined by a sliding-fee scale using household income for the last 30 days.
ALASKA’S PEOPLE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT CITC
The Career Center is a walk-in resource center for those seeking employment or training opportunities.
The center offers many services to assist with employment and job-related skills training, including: career assessment and guidance and job search assistance workshops on resume and cover letter writing, job interviews and performance requirements computers with Internet access, and copy and fax machines are available for job search activities The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is co-located at the CITC Career Development Center and partners with CITC staff to offer services to assist job seekers with training and employment. The center also helps individuals strengthen their educational qualifications by providing GED preparation classes and special certification programs in partnership with Nine Star Enterprises. Center hours: Mon.– Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eligibility: Open to all Alaska Native and American Indian individuals and their families seeking employment or training opportunities.
EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTIVE SERVICES AT CITC
Supportive Services helps participants gain volunteer and work experience to increase marketable job skills, and build resumes and cover letters to obtain full-time, unsubsidized employment after the training period:
Supported Work Experience: CITC places participants in job positions with community partner organizations for a specified period of time. During that time, CITC will pay a portion or all of a participant’s salary while they gain valuable employment experience. Volunteer Work Experience: Volunteer Work Experience links participants with appropriate community work service opportunities and job sites. On-the-Job Training: On-the-Job Training is an employer-based training program designed to help participants with some work experience gain additional skills that will allow for increased or better employment opportunities. Please call 793-3300 for eligibility details.
The Healthcare Training program provides training and education opportunities to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN). Healthcare Training also provides opportunities in Medical Office Assistant. The program is made possible through generous partnerships of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center (AVTEC) and South Central Alaska Area Health Education Center. Please call (907) 793-3300 for eligibility details.
TRIBAL TRAINING GRANT
The Tribal Training Grant provides short and long-term certification or vocational training to Alaska Native students residing within the Cook Inlet region for job enhancement and/or to gain employment. As a needs-based grant, funds are awarded on a first-come, first-completed basis. The program is not intended to cover the full cost of training. * Due to limited funding, no more than two awards will be given per person in a lifetime. Funding will not to exceed $500 and is based on availability. Eligibility: Alaska Native and American Indian students residing within the Cook Inlet region for at least 30 days prior to start of training; students are required to submit a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB/CIB) from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and proof of tribal enrollment.
All applicants for the Tribal Training Grant must apply in person at CITC’s Employment and Training Services Department located on the third floor of our Nat’uh Service Center in Anchorage (on People Mover bus routes 15 and 45). For additional information, please contact Program Manager Mark Hiratsuka at (907) 793-3371.
Youth Services offers support programs for eligible Alaska youth ages 14–21 to assist them in finding employment, furthering education and identifying youth leadership opportunities. Services include: adult mentoring, opportunities to obtain high school credit, assistance with post-secondary education, GED completion, employability and life-skills training, work readiness training and career assessment, resume and cover letter writing; interviewing skills coaching, work experience (paid or unpaid), referrals to additional programs serving youth. Through four unique programs, Youth Services helps young people advance their job skills, get educational funding and develop into young leaders:
Anchorage Youth Services (AYS): AYS provides case management for youth ages 14–21 and assists youth with educational needs, including high school completion, GED attainment ,and scholarship and/or related referrals. The program also provides employment skills training, including resume building, interviewing skills, career and training exploration, supported work experience and job placement.
Promoting Health Among Teens (PHAT): PHAT provides comprehensive, peer-led curriculum regarding abstinence, responsible sex practices, pregnancy prevention, and awareness and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Providing Essential And Knowledgeable Skills (PEAK): Training is designed as a fun, interactive, life-skills mentoring to assist youth in developing the skills necessary to function successfully as adults. The program explores some of the important challenges youth face and ways of dealing with them, and helps youth establish the values, goals and principles they will need to guide them on their path to adulthood.
Rural Youth Services (RYS): RYS offers services similar to AYS for the following Cook Inlet villages: Tyonek, Ninilchik, Knik, Chickaloon, Eklutna, Seldovia and Salamatof. RYS coordinates summer employment opportunities with each of the participating tribes.
Eligibility: Please call 793-3300 for eligibility details.