The Tribal College Journal is doing its part to tackle unemployment by revamping its job board.
We recognized a real need in general with high unemployment rates and thought it would be important to connect some of
our readership with some employment opportunity," said publisher Rachael Marchbanks.
Tribal College Journal, based in Mancos, serves all 37 tribal colleges throughout the United States, the nearest being
Diné College in Shiprock, N.M. Covering issues such as language preservation and government policy on education, the
quarterly magazine just launched the new and improved online employment board, open to all, to better match Native
American job seekers with jobs, Marchbanks said.
Although it has had a board for 10 years, its revamped Web-based job board has new Really Simple Syndication, or RSS,feed capabilities and easier navigation to facilitate the interchange between employers and potential employees.
It's a couple of clicks," she said. If you already have it set up in your Google account or MSN account, it's really
simple, and if not, it's really simple to set up," Marchbanks said. You place the RSS - Really Simple Syndication -
feed on your homepage so every time you go to your homepage, you can see the latest jobs that have been added."
People can visit and subscribe at its Web site, www.tribalcol
legejournal.org/jobs, then digitally download job information into their iPhone or into e-mail in-boxes with major
servers such as Google, Yahoo or Hotmail, Marchbanks said.
We're hoping to open it up to every category," Marchbanks said, adding it currently has 30 jobs. Most of the jobs
right now are education-based jobs, within the education system that included teaching and administration. We also have
listings for police officers and more general openings, including openings at tribal colleges themselves."
Marchbanks said in the past, the Web site has had 4,000 hits a month, but the Tribal College Journal expects more with
the new capabilities to fill job seekers' needs.
I look around at different statistics, and the way they measure unemployment on a national basis is based on the
number of people actively seeking employment," she said, adding there is different criteria for people not working or
who don't have a job available.
Unemployment on reservations is much, much higher," she said. A lot of that reason is that there are not a whole lot
of available job opportunities on many reservations."
Marchbanks said with an increase in the rate of graduation at the tribal colleges, it is imperative to place these new
graduates into jobs.
The most recent U.S. census identified 2 million Native Americans, with 60 percent younger than 25. The tribal colleges
serve more than 30,000 students, according to a study conducted by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
They're trained and ready for a job, so helping to connect them with jobs is really important," Marchbanks said,adding any employer can post a job with a credit card.
I think our magazine serves an important niche for employers as well - that includes our job board," she said. There
are a lot of employers looking for qualified people to teach and work in their establishments, and it's hard to find
The Tribal College Journal can be reached at 533-9170.