Adult Vocational Training

The Spokane Tribe Adult Vocational Training Program provides assistance with the associated costs in attending an accredited vocational technical institution to gain the skills and training necessary to secure employment.

Students who attend an Adult Vocational Training program may receive a variety of training in areas such as carpentry, lineman, beauty education.

**Effective July 10th, 2017, AVT applications are currently NOT being accepted for the remainder of 2017 (up to December 31st, 2017).**

Frequently Asked Questions

Adult Vocational Training or Higher Education?

Are the credits taken transferable to another higher education institution? If they are, then the student would be eligible for Higher Education. If the credits are not transferable, then the student would be eligible for the Spokane Tribe Adult Vocational Training Program.

What is Adult Vocational Training?

Adult Vocational Training is education that prepares students to work in a variety of jobs such as specific trade or craft, i.e., beauty education, plumbing, or carpentry. Vocational Education may also be referred to as career education or technical education. Generally, a vocational school will result in the award of a certificate or diploma but there are a few vocational programs that do award an AA/AAS upon completion.

Can I attend part-time or full-time through the Spokane Tribe Adult Vocational Training Program?

You can attend either part-time or full-time but will be eligible for limited funding and must be enrolled in approved program.

Do I have to apply for financial aid even though my program is considered "Adult Vocational"?

If you are intending to enroll in a program where the outcome obtained is an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science (AA/AAS) then  yes, you are required to apply for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Department of Education then determines your eligibility for those federal funds and may provide additional assistance to students for their education based upon the information that has been provided on the FAFSA. The Department of Education will then notify you of your eligibility for Federal Student Aid.

Eligibility

  • Be an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon start date of Adult Vocational Training Program
  • Provide proof of enrollment in a long/short term program

Vocational & Certificate programs will only be funded for and in accordance to Spokane Tribe Education Policy & Procedures established caps:

  •  One long term (11 to 24 months)- AAS or Certificate of tuition assistance up to $8,500 based on Financial Need as established by the Department of Education and $600 toward book reimbursement  or
  • One short term (10 months or less)- License or Certificate of tuition assistance up to $4,000 based on Financial Need as established by the Department of Education and $600 toward book reimbursement
    Please see program manager for more information about Financial Need and how that is determined.

Adult Vocational Training (AVT) requirements

  • Submit all documents including complete application no later than 30 days prior to expected start date
  • Copy of Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), Enrollment Card, Official Verification
  • Program information and proof of enrollment in program
  • Invoice on official business letterhead that includes the following:
  • Date of class/attendance; certificate/license to be received upon completion of the program; break down of costs for tuition/books/supplies, etc
  • Have applied for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you are intending to enroll in an AA/AAS Program and provide a copy of your Student Aid Report
    • Student Aid Report can be found at fafsa.ed.gov
    • All pages of SAR must be submitted
      Please reference Adult Vocational Training Checklist on the main page in regard to what you need to do to complete the requirements if your program falls under the AA/AAS degree but is considered a Vocational/Trade School Program.
  • Maintain satisfactory progress toward program completion

Items to remember as listed in Student Agreement within AVT Application:

  • If student withdraws from program, student must notify the Program Manager and reimburse all funds disbursed on their behalf
  • If student does not receive certificate or license at the end of the program the student must reimburse funds disbursed on their behalf and/or continue program at own expense

Please utilize the AVT checklist on the main page under "checklist" as reference to what you will need to submit to ensure that you submit a complete AVT application.

For an application please visit the main page under "printable documents". Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All items must be submitted as a whole with a complete application.

Contact

Micaela N. Carroll
Education Program Manager
PO BOX 358 - Wellpinit, WA 99404
Office: 509 458 8005
Email: micaela.carroll@spokanetribe.com
 

Sasha Reuben
Outreach Coordinator
PO BOX 358 - Wellpinit, WA 99404
Office: 509 458 8009
Email: sasha.reuben@spokanetribe.com