A new program at the Creek Nation Reintegration program was officially opened Thursday morning.
The welding school is going to give Creek Nation members as well as others with an opportunity to learn a skill that will make them employable, according to program head Tony Fish.
“This has been one of my dreams to have a career service center as part of the Reintegration program,” Fish said.fish
The program provides men and women with an eight-week course in both stick and mig welding. Already one class is training and another will start up after the middle of July.
Center director Keith Green pointed out the program is also open to other men and women who are not members of the Creek Nation. There is a $3,200 cost that must be paid to take part in the course.
“We also want to provide training in heat and air and basic plumbing,” Green said. “Part of our job is to beat the doors to find out where the employment needs to be. We want to educate our students in what it takes to get a good job.”
At the dedication ceremony Thursday, Creek Nation second chief Louis Hicks said the addition of the career service center is a good thing. Hicks was a staff member at the program and said he has seen it grow from just one building to the residences and class facility. The program is located on East Corporation just north of the I-40- Indian Nation turnpike interchange.
The Reintegration program is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech and Green Country Technology Center.
Greg Anderson, Creek Nation secretary of education and training pointed out the program will enable citizens to, “pursue a better quality of life and stronger earning power.” He said a quality education is the key to open the door to opportunity.
Following the dedication ceremony, an open house was help showcasing the classroom and allowing visitors to talk with instructors.