2023-2024 Youth Education Application Now Available!

The Career Development and Adult Education Center is a multi-faceted program serving the career and educational needs of Tribal Members. We are here to assist Tribal Members in finding out what their passion is and what it takes to make it a reality through education and training. All high school students and adults are encouraged to visit the Career Development Center and meet with our counselors. We offer services on a number of levels through various programs.

We presently work with the following organizations:

  • CIMC
  • Resources for Independence
  • Madera Adult School
  • Madera County Workforce Development Office
  • West Hills Community College
  • Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce
  • Career Pillars
  • Tanf

The Education Department is also here to help with a job search, assessment, and determining what skills you have and how to put those skills to use. Get help with Building a resume, interview strategies, and much more. The Career Center can also assist the Tribal Members in exploring various career and/or employment opportunities, or if the Tribal Member is interested in making a career change. We offer access to a fantastic program, CAREER PILLAR, online. Click the link to check it out

Career Pillar offers a suite of interactive video tutorials that helps Picayune Rancheria members land job interviews and create personalized answers to the most common interview questions.

Create an account and use the registration/enrollment key provided by your instructor to obtain access to all available courses.

Feel free to drop by or schedule an appointment today.

Other Programs Offered Through This Office: 

Pre-K-12 Extra Curricular Education Activities

This program provides funding for Extra Curricular Education Activities. Activities covered in this program include, but are not limited to, academic enrichment programs, cultural enrichment programs, student aid, student recognition, academic development activities, academic and support equipment, before and after school programs, athletics and athletic programs, music, theatre arts and fine arts programs, and senior’s year. Click here to access the policy and the application.

Extra Curricular Form


This program celebrates the accomplishments of our youth and adults and rewards and motivates them to achieve other educational goals. Students must complete an application and provide a copy of their certificate or diploma. Awards are given at the end of 8th grade, 12th grade, and for the completion of a GED, Vocational ED/license, AA/AS or BA/BS.

Internship Program

During the summer months we offer an internship program. Positions are limited and you must fill out an application. Look for information about this program around the end of April.

Need to Sharpen Your Computer Skills?

Talk to a career development center staff member to set up a tutorial or see when the next class will be held. Are you an enrolled student? See if you qualify for a computer. Call the Career Development office.


Local Colleges and Universities

State Center Community College District (SCCCD)

California State University System

University of California System

Fresno Pacific University

University of Phoenix

National University

Kaplan College

Scholarships/ Financial Aid

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

California Student Aid Commission

Fastweb Scholarship Database

Fresno City College Scholarships Page

The American Indian College Fund


Education Department


Programs and Services

Educational Loan Resources:

Native American Student Loan Forgiveness

Tips to Pay Off Your Student Loans Faster

Educational Scholarships:

Adult Tribal Members working towards an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Masters or Doctorate Degrees may be eligible for funding.

Students enrolled in Adult education classes, including GED or Vocational Education, may also be eligible for funding.

Career Development:

Members seeking assistance with employment or looking for ways to advance in their careers will find the Career Development Center a place with answers. Job postings, resources, and a calendar of workshops and classes are posted just outside the office, as well as on this website.

We can help Tribal Members who are currently employed gain new skills to advance within their organization.

The Career Center can assist in identifying and overcoming barriers that may keep Tribal Members from gainful employment. We can do this by utilizing community resources outside of our organization.