Tribal Education Agency

Recruit, Retrain, and Retain Educators

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february, 2023

In 2020, the Blue Lake Rancheria secured a State Tribal Education Program grant otherwise known as a “STEP” grant. The Tribe and the Consortium for Tribal Innovation & Entrepreneurship (or C-TIE) built a workforce development pipeline supporting Native youth career readiness education. We believe that a highly competent teacher workforce is a necessary foundation for improving children’s educational outcomes. While Humboldt County has many experienced teachers working in its schools, there are too few Native American teachers and instructors of robust, culturally responsive and diverse CTE courses. We are currently looking to recruit, retrain and retain 12 Native American persons who are well versed in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Career Readiness Education (CRE).

The Ta’m Resilience campus will be opening in 2023, and these recruited teachers would work a 2-3 days a week providing instruction in the following sectors:

  1. Agriculture & Natural Resources
  2. Building and Construction Trades
  3. Energy, Environment, and Utilities (i.e. solar & wind);
  4. Health Science & Medical Technology
  5. Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
  6. Manufacturing and Product Development

In order to qualify for the R3E program, candidates must have a High School diploma or GED and pass a background check. Blue Lake Rancheria's program covers the cost of obtaining a Designated Single Subject CTE credential, at no cost to the applicant. Recruited participants will be provided with tuition, books, and educational supplies, as well as, a credentialed mentoring teacher offering instructional support.

All sources, link and forms necessary are provided by the Career Readiness Education Coordinator, Lisa K. Hoffman.

For more information, please contact or by calling 707-668-5101.

FAQ’S for Recruit, Retrain and Retain Program (“R3E”)

In order to qualify, candidates must have experience in these CTE Sectors:
• Agriculture and Natural Resources
• Building and Construction Trades
• Energy, Environment and Utilities
• Health Sciences and Medical Terminology
• Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
• Manufacturing and Product Development

What are the other requirements for the Recruit, Retrain, and Retain Program?

• Identify as Native American or AI/AN
• Have a High School Diploma or GED
• Must be a resident of Humboldt County

What documentation is necessary to submit with my application for proof of identification as Native American or AI/AN for this program?

American Indian/Alaska Native ancestry documentation includes, but is not limited to:
• Tribal Government Issued Enrollment Card
• Letter of enrollment or ancestry from the Tribe or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

According to Code of Federal Regulations, “American Indian” means an individual who is:

• A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the Indian tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940, and any tribe or band recognized by the State in which the tribe or band resides;
• A descendant of a parent or grandparent who meets the requirements of paragraph (1) of this definition;
• Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;
• An Aleut or other Alaska Native; or
A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect on October 19,1994.

I don’t have a High School diploma, does your program pay for a GED?

No, our program does not pay for a GED.
College of the Redwoods provides GED classes through the Adult Ed portal

I don't have a teaching credential. Will the program help me get one?

Yes, our Career Readiness Education Coordinatorcan discuss the steps in obtaining one.

I have a teaching credential. Will the program help me renew it?

Yes. Please checkmark on the application where it reads “I need assistance in renewing my teaching credentials.”
What are the minimum requirements for the Credential?

According to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

Requirements for the Three-Year Preliminary Credential

Individuals must satisfy all of the following requirements:

• Three years of work experience directly related to each industry sector to be named on the credential. One year equals a minimum of 1000 clock hours and the experience may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid. See Terms and Definitions for additional information regarding the experience requirement.
• High school diploma requirement by one of the following methods:
- Possess a high school diploma
- Possess a diploma based on passage of the GED Test
- Possess the foreign equivalent of a high school diploma
• Verification, signed by the Commission-approved program sponsor, that the applicant has been apprised of the requirements for both the preliminary and clear credentials, including the requirements of the program of personalized preparation.
• Completed application
• Completed Live Scan receipt
• Verifying fingerprints have been taken and fees have been paid, unless fingerprint clearance is already on file with the Commission.
Application processing fee (paid for by the TEA)

What is LiveScan and why do I need to be fingerprinted?

Completing a LiveScan and fingerprinting process ensures that a candidate does not have legal issues that otherwise would prohibit them from becoming teachers. Under California Education Code section 44830.1, you cannot be hired as a teacher if you were convicted of a violent or serious felony. Violent felonies are defined under California Penal Code 667.5(c). These include felonies like those that inflicted great bodily harm, robbery, and some forms of burglary.

I have a felony on my record. Am I still eligible for the program?

It is contingent on the type of felony. According to the California Teaching Commission (CTC) an applicant shall:

“Not have been convicted of a violent or serious felony as defined in Penal
Code 667.5
or Penal Code 1192.7, unless the individual has received a certificate of
rehabilitation and pardon (also referred to as Certificate of Clearance) (Education Code 44830.1)” If you do not have a Certificate of Clearance, our partner, the Sonoma County Office of Education , recommends the applicant be fingerprinted and apply for the Certificate of Clearance at the same time. The state agencies will review all the data, request a statement from the applicant, and then issue a determination. They will either issue a Certificate of Clearance, giving way for the Tribal Education Agency to consider this application for approval or denial.

Can I get a Bachelor's Degree through your program?

No, not at this time; however, we are developing another program that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Career Readiness Education Coordinator, Lisa K. Hoffman at:

Will this be a full time position?

This program is not a job; it is a training program that prepares you for future teaching positions.

I have experience working in my desired sector, but I don’t have my documentation. Can I still be considered for the program?

The State of California requires various amounts of hours in the Designated Industry Sector. There may be some exceptions. Please consult with the the Career Readiness Education Coordinator for more information.

What kind of training and resources will be available after receiving my Credential?

The Career Readiness Education Coordinator can provide you with resources such as Curriculum Development, Classroom Management and Computer skills. Here is one example:
• Resources for first-time teachers Career Readiness Education Coordinator will be happy to provide resources and hands-on training at no cost to you.

Will vaccinations, including COVID-19 be required?

No, they are not required.

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Tribal Education Agency:


Alison Robbins
Executive Director
TEL: 707.668.5101 | EXT. 1057

Isak Brayfindley
Clerk of the Board
TEL: 707.668.5101 | EXT. 1066

Blue Lake Rancheria
TEL: 707.668.5101
FAX: 707.668.4272

(for U.S. Postal Service):

Blue Lake Rancheria
PO BOX 428
Blue Lake, CA 95525

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Blue Lake Rancheria
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