TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation leaders will break ground on the tribe’s $10 million Career Readiness Campus Tuesday. Renderings of the facility will also be on display.

The campus will be the new home of the Cherokee Nation Building Trades Program and will provide space for expanded training opportunities in the construction field including electrical, plumbing, masonry, HVAC and more. The campus will also house the tribe’s high-voltage lineman training program and fiber technician training program.

The campus will be located on a 20-acre tract of land southwest of Tahlequah.

The $10 million investment is funded through the Cherokee Nation Career Readiness Act, which was created in 2019 by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and amended in 2022 to build the campus. The Career Readiness Act doubled the tribe’s investment of its own revenue into career training programs.