Programs & Services
College & Career Education Opportunities Program
Page last updated:
May 24, 2023
May 24, 2023
Program Lead(s)
Michelle Rodarte

Muckleshoot Tribal School

15209 SE 376th St

Auburn, WA 98092


Program Overview

The mission of the Muckleshoot College and Career Education Opportunities Program is to introduce Muckleshoot youth, ages 14 to 18 years old, to college and career information. Both academic training and practical experience will assist them in making informed decisions and taking the necessary action when choosing a career path. Careers within Muckleshoot Tribal enterprises will be the primary focus, but participants will have the opportunity to explore any career field in which they have interest. The College and Career Education Opportunities Program is a career exploration program that enables Muckleshoot enrolled youth to explore careers in a variety of professions and businesses. Through these experiences, youth gain the knowledge and confidence necessary for making future career and education decisions. The program involves many aspects, all designed to educate students in their career direction and choices.

Services Provided

  • Opportunities to Develop Job Skills
  • Career Preparation
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (MIT) Career Day
  • Internships
  • Career and Job Shadowing
  • Work Ethics
  • Career Interest
  • Work Experience
  • Homework
  • Early College Program
  • Summer School
  • Educational Conferences/Workshops
  • Off-Site Field Trips
  • Financial Literacy
  • Academic Advising & Career Assessment

Eligibility for Services

Outlook for 2023

Provide more outside job placements opportunities, Develop the CCEOP Youth Council, attend more Youth & Educational conferences, plan more college/university and businesses field trips to explore potential career paths. Obtain a consultant to assist with revamping CCEOP, revise and update the Program Policies and Procedures.

Highlights of 2022

  • Educational Conferences/Workshops – Oct 5-9th 2022 NIEA Conference Oklahoma (2) Staff: Josie Benito & Carmen White attended and chaperoned 4 youth participants from the summer session. Students wrote an essay, to explain to why they should be selected to attend this conference. (Youth Attendees: Noah Prado, Mia Prado, Tyler Herda and Amiah Pedro)
  • Off-Site Field Trips – Northwest Indian College Lummi Campus
  • Financial Literacy – BECU
  • Academic Advising & Career Assessment – Marcy Horn Academic Advisor Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (MIT) Scholarship Dept.
  • NARCAN with Lucille Martin & King County Public Health – Healthy planning with Franchesca Castaneda-Earajas
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (MIT) Dental – Career Path for Dental Assistant, Hygienist, Chief Dentist Positions.
  • Tomanamus Forest – with Cinnamon Bear re: Civil Culture Positions, and Cultural medicines in the woods.
  • Cultural Activities – Gaff Hooks with Tyson, Sam, Keith, Freedom, Canvas Painting with Katherine Arquette, Cedar weaving with Joy & Cedar Flower vases, cedar Roses and a cedar heart. Rosette Bean reupholstering chairs with Pendleton material, Cedar Friendship Bracelets Gail WhiteEagle.
  • Muckleshoot Tribal College Cedar Tree Leadership program – 9 youth attending once a month: October – Careers in Computers & Technology; Indigenous Entrepreneurship; Health & Wellness as an Employee; Community Services; Employability, Hospitality, & Financial Literacy; Traditional Plant Medicine; and Tribal History & Cultural Preservation.
  • Keta Creek – Explore positions within fisheries depts. and learn about the salmon spawning.
  • Nicole Cabral Career Education Specialist – Goal Mapping, College 101 Presentation: Things to Consider When Picking a Degree; Backwards Planning with Career Goal; Research Requirements for Different Careers; Educational Paths to Help Advance Goals; and Available Resources.
  • Healthy Living & Life Skills, Introduction to Leadership Characteristics Thanksgiving/Christmas Holiday gatherings, Teambuilding.
  • 6 Youth volunteered and assisted the Veterans Program in cleaning & decorating veteran’s graves.
  • Orientations for summer and school year sessions with youth
  • End of session recognition ceremony & program evaluations.
  • Obtained building D and created computer stations and a place to conduct the program workshops & training.
  • Hired 1 Full Time Career & Education Specialist – Nicole Cabral
  • Hired 1 Full Time Crew Supervisor – Rebecca Elkins-Penn
  • Hired 1 seasonal transporter for summer session Jenel Hunter, 2 Maxie Jansen & Kristina Lobehan for the school session.
  • Offered First Aide and CPR Training to the CCEOP Staff, All CCEOP Attended the Eversafe Training, Team Building & Communication Training with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (MIT) Training and Development Dept.

Retention Rate

Of the 77 Youth Participants hired, 70 completed the program for 2022 Summer Session. The retention rate was 91% of the 77 participants who completed the Summer Program. Of the 55 Youth Participants hired, 43 actively participating within the School Session through June 2, 2023. The retention rate was 80% of the 55 participants currently active within the School Session Program.

Worksite Placement and Number of Youth Participants Placed

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