Tule River Workforce Development Department

The Work Force Investment Act was established in 1998.

The Tule River Workforce Development Department (TRWDD) provides services to all eligible Native Americans within Tulare County.  Tulare County is primarily agricultural land, with the population being centered in three urban areas, four smaller cities, and numerous farming communities.

The Indian population is centered on the Tule River Indian Reservation, which is located 17 miles southeast of Porterville.  There is also a significant Indian population in the Porterville, Visalia, Tulare and Dinuba areas in Tulare County.

Program Design & Goals

The TRWDD has designed its program to offer customers specific training, employment, and other supportive services.    The TRWDD works with the Tule River Tribal Programs on the Reservation and the public sectors off the Reservation.   TRWDD staff will contact and/or attend regular monthly meetings with each of the following agencies:

  • Tulare County Workforce Investment Board
  • Porterville Employment Connection
  • Tule River Economic Development Corporation
  • Porterville Employment Development Department
  • Tule River Tribal Council
  • Tule River Fire Department
  • Tule River Indian Health Center
  • Tule River Housing Authority
  • Eagle Mountain Casino

These organizations represent and coordinate training and employment for the major employers through out Tulare County.  They are active in promoting the economic development in various areas in the county and provide TRWDD with anticipated labor force needs, and current demands.  The program is designed to meet these needs.

The TRWDD/Tule River Tribal Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tulare County Employment Connection/One-Stop, for referral services for all four sites within Tulare County.  The approved sites are Visalia, Porterville, Dinuba, and Tulare.

Applicants must provide tribal documentation from a Federally recognized Tribe to receive assistance.

For Further WIA information, contact:

Teri Dobson

WIA Director

559.784.6135

wia@tulerivertribe-nsn.gov