From CSKT Tribal Economic Development Office
PABLO—The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT) Economic Development Office is working on projects that need input from tribal members. All are invited to attend our monthly economic development meetings on the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room across from the Tribal Council Chambers in Pablo to discuss ways to improve employment opportunities for tribal members and how we can improve the Flathead Reservation economy.
“We are entering our fourth year of the Tribes’ Workforce Enhancement and Entrepreneurship Initiative to address barriers to employment and to help people find living-wage employment and the training they need to reach their career goals,” said Janet Camel, Project Director.
“Our Office also received a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to complete a Vibrant Tribal Economies project with the goal of creating more local businesses and jobs that can lead to a sustainable Flathead Reservation economy. We want the millions of dollars that are earned here on the reservation to recirculate to reservation businesses by encouraging people to “BUY LOCAL” whenever possible.”
Partnerships with Salish Kootenai College, the Native American Development Corporation, Lake County Community Development Corporation, Job Service Polson, and other entities are helping to provide free or low-cost training for tribal members who are looking for employment or want to start or expand a business. Training is also available for people interested in sports officiating, a hospitality career or being a health care provider. An adult driver’s education program will be starting soon.
“Tribal members, reservation employers and service providers are welcome to join us as we continue to develop job creation strategies and work on recruiting participants to take advantage of this program and begin a Buy Local campaign,” added Camel.
Jennifer Finley, the Workforce Enhancement Coordinator, is assisting job seekers with developing career “blueprints.” A blueprint can help an individual identify the skills and interests he or she already has, then identify occupation interests, job availability, and training opportunities. The final step is setting goals and creating a plan to reach those goals.
If someone enrolls in training, the Initiative will assist with purchasing needed materials for the classes, and with transportation to and from the training. If individuals want to start a small business, Initiative coalition partners will provide technical assistance and free training. If an individual completes a career blueprint and obtains job readiness training where needed (including work toward a high school equivalency certificate or HiSET), the Initiative will pay for the HiSET test fee, clothing for job interviews, uniforms and more. To sign up for the program, contact Jennifer at 675-2700, extension 1276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To attend the monthly strategy meeting, please come to the Tribal Complex on the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments are provided.