Kansas Dept of Commerce Abstract

Publication Date: May 27, 2020

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Kansas Department of Commerce

Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project

Location: Topeka, KS


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

Annual Award Amount: $3,000,000

Type of Organization: State Government

Service Area: The State of Kansas

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, recently separated or disabled veterans, high school dropouts, youth aging out of foster care, and other low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 2,000

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 375

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 1,500

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 1,050

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,700

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,105

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 610


The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project (KHPOP) and partners provide job-driven healthcare education, training, and employment for randomly assigned TANF recipients and other low-income individuals statewide. Program partners include the Kansas Department of Children and Families providing identification of eligible program participants; local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) providing case management and career coaching; and KANSASWORKS State Board providing grant guidance. KHPOP continues to apply and coordinate resources offered by other agencies, including the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Adult Basic Education, Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas State Department of Education, Leading Age Kansas, Kansas Healthcare Association, and other community-based organizations. Each local WDB is responsible for working with local partners to provide training and support services to KHPOP participants under the oversight of the Kansas Department of Commerce. KHPOP’s Grant Manager continues to discuss plans to include additional healthcare facilities with the new Registered Apprenticeship Program Director.

The project trains for the following occupations: Biological Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse, Medical and Clinical Lab Technologist and Technician, Dental Hygienist, Surgical Technologist, Radiologic Technologist, Pharmacy Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Records and Health Information Technician, Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant, Medication Aide, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Transcriptionist, and Phlebotomist.

Support services provided to program participants include child/dependent care assistance, emergency assistance, housing/support assistance, non-emergency food assistance, and transportation.

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

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