Ahtna Shareholder Enrichment works in partnership with the Copper River Native Association (CRNA) and Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) to connect shareholders to high-demand occupations through education and job opportunity. Last quarter we spoke with CITC Education and Training Program Manager Charlene Miles. This quarter we had the opportunity to talk with Tell Mentasta Hand, Life Skills Coach at CRNA Tribal Community Services. Hand is an Ahtna shareholder from the village of Kluti-Kaah and a member of the Tsisyu (Paint) Clan.
1. What does the CRNA program offer?
We assist Tribal members with their goal to become employed. We offer assistance with GEDs, resume building, interview skills, training and development for an identified career goal. Scholarship programs are available for higher education or vocational training.
2. Who is eligible for the program?
Enrolled Tribal members who reside in Cantwell, Gakona, Gulkana, Kluti-Kaah and Tazlina are eligible.
3. What are some examples of expenses that are covered under the program?
CRNA can assist with monthly expenses for utilities, rent, food and household items. Eligibility for the services is based on meeting self-sufficiency plan goals.
4. Is there an application deadline?
Tribal members can apply at any time. Required backup documents must be submitted within 30 days of applying.
5. How can shareholders apply for funding?
They can stop by CRNA and request an application or visit Tribal Community staff in the office for assistance. Visit www.crnative.org to apply online.
6. What advice do you have for shareholders interested in applying for a trade/vocational scholarship?
Plan ahead, assess your skills, determine what career you are interested in, develop goals, and meet the requirements of your Individual Self-Sufficiency Plan to become eligible for training and development.
7. How do Ahtna and CRNA work together to support shareholders in the trades?
The goal is to have everyone succeed. CRNA and Ahtna share the financial aid expense, refer clients to each other, and collaborate on a job fair.