The Cherokee Nation officially opened its new Career Services office in Tulsa on September 17 to help fill a variety of jobs that are coming to the metro Tulsa area. The opening of the new office is critical, as Cherokee Nation is the lead recruiter for the Macy’s fulfillment center, which is currently under construction in Owasso.
The new 5,100-square-foot office, located at 10837 E. Marshall St. in Tulsa, will make job referrals and offer employment training, GED classes, and Talking Leaves Job Corps outreach and admissions services. Cherokee Nation is also the recipient of a $3 million grant to help the long-term unemployed find jobs. The office will be open to help both Cherokees and non-Natives, depending on the program.
“Having a job is a basic necessity, which is why it’s so important to the Cherokee people, and all residents of the Tulsa area, to have this new resource available,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “Career Services has helped thousands of individuals get trained, become career ready and ultimately employed. Having this office in Tulsa will help fill more jobs at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, the Macy’s fulfillment center and other jobs, thanks to our numerous workforce development programs.”
The 1.3 million-square-foot Macy’s fulfillment center is expected to open in April 2015. The Cherokee Nation is also currently building a new casino in South Coffeyville and a new health center in Ochelata and recently announced leasing land at Hard Rock to Woodmont Outlets for an outlet mall to open in 2016.
“The reason we want to be in the Tulsa area is primarily because of the partnerships formed with Macy’s and other businesses we hold on-the-job training contracts with here in Tulsa,” said Diane Kelley, executive director of Cherokee Nation Career Services. “We will now be able to help even more citizens find not just a job, but a career.”
In fiscal year 2014, more than 5,000 Cherokee Nation citizens utilized Cherokee Nation’s Career Services programs, including more than 3,000 helped by the department’s Day Training Program alone.
The new Tulsa office will be staffed by 10 employees and is across the street from Cherokee Nation Businesses’ corporate offices.
Career Services has nine other offices, including in Tahlequah, Claremore, Jay, Muskogee, Pryor, Sallisaw, Stilwell, Vinita and West Siloam Springs, with office expansions in Sallisaw and Pryor happening this fall.
To contact the Tulsa Career Services office, call (918) 764-9352 or visit www.cherokee.org/Services/Career.