The Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. (the Council) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization which operates the Workforce Development Services as a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Native American grantee through the U.S. Department of Labor. We are responsible for the allocation and distribution of this funding to economically disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed American Indian, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian students residing in the states of Florida and Georgia for job training and educational purposes.
It is our mission to provide services and activities that result in each participant realizing their full potential. We are committed to assisting students choose a career that not only promises high wages and job security, but also maximizes the use of each individual’s interests and aptitudes. The Workforce Development Services utilizes universities, community colleges, technical schools, vocational programs and apprenticeship programs, which are accredited by one of the U.S. Department of Education’s nationally recognized accrediting agencies, as vehicles to provide our participants with a solid foundation of the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment in today’s competitive labor market.
Our mission is accomplished by targeting the following goals and objectives
‡ Increased Employment
‡ Increased Educational Credentialing
‡ Increased Occupational Skills
‡ Increased High School Completion
‡ Decreased Welfare Dependency
‡ Providing Preferential Services to Veterans and their Spouse
‡ Foster Entrepreneurship
‡ Apprenticeship Placement
The Workforce Development Services presently provides Classroom Training Assistance to students enrolled in the program. Individuals seeking, GED, Certificate, Diploma, or College level academic degrees will receive funding towards the cost of their tuition and textbooks, thus enabling them to attend school on a full or part time basis. Childcare supplements, computer literacy training and technical support may also be provided to qualifying students.
In addition to our programs for adult learners, the Council hosts American Indian, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian teens from Florida and Georgia, aged 14-17, at The Florida Indian Youth Program each July in Tallahassee. This intensive, two-week, away-from-home, cost-free educational experience contains four main curriculum components – academic skills, job skills, life skills and social and cultural activities. Student who complete the Youth Program may apply to the Workforce Development Services upon their graduation from high school.
The Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs and the Department of Labor share a vision of providing quality Workforce Development Services to Native American communities that not only meet regulatory requirements but also are administered in ways that are consistent with the traditional cultural values and beliefs of the people they are designed to serve.
To help them succeed, we work with each individual to bring out their personal aptitudes, interests and goals and help them find services available to them. The goal is to blend the individual’s aspirations, attitude and abilities with an occupation that is practical and viable.
The Council works to help Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian veterans become economically self-sufficient through occupational skills training, on-the-job training, job readiness training, adult education and literacy.