Applicants who qualify must be a Cherokee Nation citizen, live within the 14-county jurisdiction, have no income, be at least 18 years old, and out of high school. Program exceptions to the income requirement are limited to a single parent receiving child support, a college student receiving solely financial aid, and military reservists receiving a minimal monetary payment for training.
Citizens can apply at Career Services offices in Tahlequah, Claremore, Jay, Muskogee, Pryor, Sallisaw, Stilwell, Vinita, and West Siloam Springs. Some locations may be by appointment only so citizens should call their respective field office before arriving.
Citizens who apply and have a certification or a degree in a certain field may be eligible for placement in an area relevant to their expertise.
Placement priority is given to new first time applicants of the program that have not received services through the Day Training Program. The program allows citizens to train for a period of up to 12 weeks or earn a stipend amount of up to $1,000. This amount may be extended by case review based on the individual circumstances of the client, but not to exceed the maximum program stipend of $3,000 in one fiscal year. Clients in the process of potential hire in the department he or she is training for are also eligible for extension.