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Julie Bettles

Julie Bettles

Department Director

Office Location:
501 Chiloquin Blvd.
Chiloquin, OR 97624

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 436 Chiloquin, OR 97624

Phone:
(800) 524-9787 or (541) 783-2219

Fax:
(541) 783-2029

Education & Employment Department

Vision Statement: To reveal educational and employment pathways that overcome challenges guiding eligible individuals to a successful standard of life. 

Mission Statement: With respect and dignity the Education & Employment Department will empower individuals to take responsibility in their growth through a system of supportive services. 

Department Goals:

  • To provide assistance to eligible Tribal members and other qualified Native Americans in the development of those academic and employment skills necessary to be in par with mainstream society.
  • To develop, manage and operate a tribal employment program; providing direct job services which enable Tribal members/Native Americans to secure and maintain meaningful employment.
  • To provide supplemental education and cultural opportunities for JOM eligible students.  To make library services available and accessible to Tribal and community members within the service delivery area.

The education and Employment Department operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. (Closed on Holidays)

Julie Bettles, Education Department Director Ext. 109
Kathleen Mitchell, Employment Specialist ext. 128
Sheea Scott, Johnson O’Malley Program Coordinator ext. 159
Preston Lewis, Youth Initiative Coordinator ext. 111
Camille Delorme RED TVR Manager Ext. 211
Aralia Blackwater, Youth Transition Program Specialist ext. 210
Mikki Green, RED Secretary Ext. 209
Zak Jackson, Fitness Center Manager Ext. 276
Cameron Shively, Fitness Center Assistant ext.

 

Education & Employment Department Programs

The Education & Employment Department administers the following programs. 

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Vocational Training (AVT)

Direct Employment Assistance (DEA)

Higher Education Scholarship (HiEd)

Johnson O’Malley Program

Re-entering Employment by Design

01. Adult Basic Education Program (ABE)

The program provides assistance in improvement of basic academic and employment skills. This would include, but not limited to GED classes and testing, self-interest classes, computer skills, and cultural related classes. This program is available to any enrolled Tribal member of a federally recognized tribe.

02. Types of paid services provided include but not limited to:
  • Basic academic skills instruction and applied literacy training
  • Remedial college classes in Math, Reading and Writing
  • High School completion including, General Educational Development preparatory instruction
  • Tribal and general citizenship education that promotes greater participation by Indian adults
  • Education or training that leads to the self-sufficiency of the individual Indian adult participant
03. Eligible Applicants applying for paid services will:
  • Be an enrolled member of a of the Klamath Tribes or other Federally Recognized Tribe or Alaskan Native
  • Live within the boundaries of the defined Service Delivery Area (Klamath County)
04. Application
01. Adult Vocational Training Program (AVT)

This is an assistance program that serves as a secondary resource to supplement training institutions financial aid package which is applied for by a Klamath Tribes member. Awards vary and depend on an individual’s financial need and availability of funding.  An applicant for this program must be in need of training to obtain reasonable and satisfactory employment. This means the applicant is under employed and extreme hardship would result without additional training for the applicant. AVT funds are available as either Short Term or Long term Adult Vocation Training Programs Short Term is any training program leading to a certificate or license that is shorter than 120 days and the cost is $750 or less. The complete application must be submitted eight (8) working days prior to the first day of class. Long Term is any training program leading to a certificate or license that may be longer than 120 days and/or the costs exceed $750. The complete application must be submitted thirty (30) day prior to the first day of class.

02. Eligible applicants must:
  • Be an Enrolled Klamath Tribes member;
  • Be admitted for enrollment in an accredited institution and  pursuing a certificate and/or license in a vocation program;
  • Have graduated from high school or received a General Equivalency Diploma;
  • Be in need of training in order to obtain reasonable and satisfactory employment.
  • Have utilized an approved financial need analysis system and have demonstrated a financial need; and
  • Have completed the Application and all its requirement’s
03. Application
01. Direct Employment Assistance (DEA)

This is an assistance program that serves as a resource to assist people who have a job skill(s), that are unemployed or underemployed to obtain or retain permanent employment. The program provides support services, both paid and non-paid, to eligible Tribal members, to which include vocational counseling and employment services.

02. Types of non-paid services include but not limited to:
  • Labor Pool Database.
  • Referral Services
  • Job Development
  • Pre-employment Services that include
  • Resume’ Development
  • Interviewing Skills,
  • Labor Market Research
  • Work Ethic
03. Types of paid services include but not limited to:
  • Summer Youth Employment (Seasonal)
  • College Intern Program
  • Available financial support Service for eligible clients, to include but is not limited to :
    • Required tools
    • Required Clothing
    • One-time subsidy payment:  Work related incidentals, utilities, transportation, etc.
    • Relocation costs
04. Eligible applicants for paid Support Services Applicants Must:
  • Summer Youth Employment (Seasonal)
  • College Intern Program
  • Available financial support Service for eligible clients, to include but is not limited to :
    • Required tools
    • Required Clothing
    • One-time subsidy payment:  Work related incidentals, utilities, transportation, etc.
    • Relocation costs
05. Application
01. Higher Education Scholarship (HiEd)

This is an assistance program that serves as a secondary resource to supplement training institutions financial aid package which is applied for by a Klamath Tribes member. Awards vary and depend on an individual’s financial need and availability of funding. 

02. Non-paid services include:
  • Advice to students that are planning on or are attending college
  • Assistance with the Free Application for Federal Aid to Student (FAFSA) online forms
  • Scholarship information outside  the Klamath Tribes
03. Eligible applicants for a Klamath Tribes Scholarship must:
  • Be an enrolled Klamath Tribal member
  • Have obtained a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be admitted for enrollment in an accredited institution and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or a two (2) year program which will transfer to a four (4) year institution.
  • Have utilized an approved financial needs analysis system and have demonstrated a financial need; and
  • Have completed the application and all its requirements
01. Johnson O’Malley Program

The Johnson O’Malley Program provides support such as advocacy, equipment, fees, or workbooks for children prekindergarten through high school who live within the Service Delivery Area (Klamath County).  Paid support services are items required for a classroom or school-related activity

02. Types of non-paid services include but not limited to:
  • Remedial coursework
  • Homework Assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Cultural presentations
  • Student incentives
  • Education Support Services for fees, college testing, advance placement or college coursework while still in public school, etc
03. Eligible applicants for paid support services must:
  • Be an enrolled member a federally recognized tribe or Alaskan Native/Eskimo; OR
  • Be at least ¼ total blood quantum of any federally recognized tribe or Alaskan Native/Eskimo.
  • Between the ages of 3 (by December 31) and up to age 21
  • Enrolled in a non-religious based pre-school, public school, or  accredited alternative school on the date of application
  • Living within the defined Service Delivery Area (Klamath County)
04. Application
01. Re-entering Employment by Design (RED)Vocational Program

The RED Vocational Rehabilitation operates by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30 pm (Closed Holidays) Please contact the Program Secretary with any questions.

Contact RED at 541.783.2219

RED Fax: 541-783-2195

Camille DeLorme, Red Program Manager/ Counselor ext. 211
Mikki Green, Red Program Secretary Ext. 209
Aralia Blackwater, RED, Youth transition Program Specialist, ext. 210

02. What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

The Klamath Tribes Vocational Rehabilitation Program assists eligible enrolled Klamath Tribal Members to prepare for, enter into, engage in or retain gainful employment.

03. What is a Disability?

A “Disability” is a life-long limitation such as a physical, mental or, learning condition that poses a substantial barrier or impediment to employment, such as, but not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Hearing or Visual Impairments
  • Mental Health Disorder
  • Alcohol/Drug  Addiction Recovery

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04. Who is Eligible?

If you want to go to work and your answer is “yes” to all of the following statements you may be eligible:

  • Do you reside in Klamath County?
  • Are you an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes?
  • Do you have a physical or mental impairment and/or learning disability that result in a substantial barrier to employment?
  • Are there significant challenges that keep you from getting or keeping a job?
  • Are you willing to work on a plan that will help you find suitable employment? This may include Vocational Rehabilitation services to prepare for, enter into, engage in or retain an employment outcome consistent with your abilities, capabilities, career interest, and an informed choice.
05. What happens when I apply?
  • Screening
  • Gather Basic Information
  • You meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to complete the intake application.
  • During the intake interview, information is gathered to help determine eligibility for the program.
  • Counseling and guidance services are provided at every phase of the application process.
06. If I am eligible, then what?

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors will work with you to develop or to decide upon an Employment Outcome. All services provided by the Klamath Tribes Vocational Rehabilitation Program will be focused on helping you reach the Employment Outcome developed in your Individual Plan of Employment (IPE). The IPE will document the steps that are necessary for you to attain an employment outcome, and will list the services needed from the Klamath Tribes Vocational Rehabilitation Program in order to achieve an Employment Outcome.

Types of Services Provided A variety of services can be provided to assist eligible participants to prepare for, obtain and/or to maintain jobs. These types of services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment, evaluation and diagnostic services
  • Medical and psychological services
  • Vocational and technical training services
  • Job placement and retention services
  • Post-Employment Services (PES)

The services listed are based on each individual’s needs and circumstances and are in accordance with an Individual Plan of Employment (IPE) that is designed by the applicant and his or her Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC).

07. Screening Form