Building Pathways to a Brighter Future
Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc.
Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Buffalo
Location: Buffalo, NY
OTHER GRANT INFORMATION
Six-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2021*
Annual Award Amount: $1,600,885
Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (other than Institution of Higher Education)
Service Area: City of Buffalo, Erie County, and Niagara County
Target Population: Adults 18 years and older who are either Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients or low-income; income eligible refugees and immigrants
FIVE-YEAR QUANTIFIABLE PROJECTIONS
Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,100
Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 220
Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 200
Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 100
Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,000
Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 800
Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 700
The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB)—through its fiscal agent, the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., in collaboration with employer partners Kaleida Health, Catholic Health System, McGuire Group, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Network, and 1199 Service Employees International Union—and its training partners, including the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Education Services and Erie Community College, continue the successful HPOG Buffalo training program, which prepares individuals for demand-driven employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities and career ladders. This collaboration allows for the delivery of results-oriented services to TANF recipients and low-income adults.
Occupations for which participants are trained include: Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Coder, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Secretary, Medical Assistant, Community Health Worker, Physical Therapy Assistant, Registered Nurse/BSN, Surgical Technologist, Medical Lab Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist, Radiologic Technologist, Direct Support Professional, Phlebotomist, and Dental Assistant. Supportive services include childcare, travel allowance, and emergency funding. If other supports are needed, HPOG Buffalo assists participants to obtain these. The WIB oversees the HPOG Buffalo program and is a consistent supporter of the program.
The New York State Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship is very supportive of Buffalo’s HPOG program.
*This second round of grant awards has been extended an additional 12 months, ending September 29, 2021.