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Press Release

Release Date: June 22, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, left, presents a graduation certificate to Chickasaw student Joe Norton at the Chickasaw Institute Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) graduation ceremony. Norton was one of the first citizens to graduate this vocational training program and is now employed by the Chickasaw Nation.

Chickasaw citizens have the opportunity to further their careers through courses offered by the Chickasaw Institute.

Chickasaw Institute partners with technology centers, universities and colleges throughout the state to provide courses in a combination of online, classroom and on-the-job career training, offering opportunities for professional and personal development.

Chickasaw citizens can apply for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), nursing assistant certification, medical coding or construction technology certification programs.

The HVAC, nursing assistant and construction technology programs are available in Ardmore. Classes take place at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, 2610 Sam Noble Pkwy, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Participants will attend classes and complete on-the-job learning at Chickasaw Nation sites during the program.

The medical coding course takes place at the Carl Albert Service Center 1001 N. Country Club Rd, Ada, Oklahoma. Clinicals take place at Chickasaw Nation health facilities.

Courses begin in August. Duration varies with each program.

Classes and job training are open to Chickasaw citizens at no charge. Eligible citizens can receive hourly pay for on-the-job training up to 40 hours per week for the duration of the program.

Applications can be submitted online at and are due by Sunday, July 1. The most recent high school or college transcript is required with applications.

HVAC Program

One year beginning Monday, July 30, 2018


In-class instruction: 8-11 a.m.

Job-site learning: 1-5 p.m.

Students will learn the skills that prepare them to work as heating, air conditioning and/or refrigeration technicians. Graduates of this program work to keep workplaces and homes heated and cooled efficiently, and maintain and install equipment that keeps food fresh or frozen in supermarkets and restaurants.

This class may count for up to two of the three years required for the Mechanical Journeyworker’s License Apprenticeship. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for refrigerant handling is also available.

Construction Technology Certificate:

Aug. 15, 2018–May 20, 2019

8-11 a.m. and noon-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Instruction topics range from safety to advanced construction techniques. Students will have the opportunity to earn a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) card during the course.

Nursing Assistant Program

Aug. 15, 2018–May 20, 2019

8-11 a.m. and noon-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Participants will have the opportunity to earn Long-Term Care Certified Nursing Aide and Medication Administration Technician certifications. This course is accredited through the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The program combines classroom instruction with on-the-job learning and is a steppingstone to prepare students for LPN programs.

 Medical Coding Certification Program

Classes start in August and take place 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Clinicals take place 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Class sessions take place at the Carl Albert Service Center. Clinicals take place at the department of health location closest to the participant’s home.

Instruction is taught through a combination of online modules, instructor presentations and clinical experience over the course of a year. Twenty hours of classroom/workshop training and 20 hours of on-the-job learning will be completed each week.

After successful completion of the medical coding program, students may apply to take national certification examinations.

For more information, contact 580-310-7904 or