Eastern Connecticut Workforce Abstract

Publication Date: May 27, 2020

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP)

Location: Franklin, CT


Six-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2021*

Annual Award Amount: $1,500,000

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: Eastern, south central, and northwestern Connecticut Workforce Investment Areas, which include 112 municipalities and 8 counties

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 750

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 300

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 550

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 500

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 600

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 500

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 325


The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board’s Health CAP provides opportunities for TANF recipients and other low-income individuals to obtain occupational training in the following areas: Social and Human Service Assistants, Registered Nurses, EKG Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, Medical Insurance Coders, Medical Office Secretaries, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, Nursing Assistants, Paramedics, Patient Care Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians, Phlebotomists, Medical Assistants, and Athletic Trainers.

Health CAP uses a case management model proven to deliver coordinated, integrated services to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency. The program design incorporates best practices from previous grants targeting similar populations and involving random assignment to recruit a sufficient number of eligible participants. Services to participants include a 2-week contextualized Basic Skills and Work Readiness Boot Camp; occupational training resulting in a certificate; intensive person-centered case management; transportation assistance (e.g., gas cards, bus passes); childcare assistance; and uniforms/shoes necessary for classes/work, work-based learning opportunities, and job-placement assistance, including on-the-job training.

Health CAP has a strong partnership with the TANF program in Connecticut administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS). Referral of TANF participants is made directly from DSS to the three participating Workforce Boards. All three sites meet regularly with the TANF staff assigned to their region. Each program site continues to have a relationship with the state Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Program. Apprenticeship staff attend the American Job Center Partner Committee.

*This second round of grant awards has been extended an additional 12 months, ending September 29, 2021.

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