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  • HPOG Success Story: Andrea at Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (New)

    Published: December 13, 2018
    When inspiration works in concert with motivation, anything is possible. Andrea Galicia is proof of that. Through inspired living, she overcame personal, professional, and academic setbacks and forged a career for herself in the healthcare field. Andrea is an example of how HPOG-funded programs can serve as the connective tissue between willingness and work.
  • HPOG Success Story: Danny at Alamo Community College District (New)

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Beautiful accidents can happen, but sustained achievements are never the result of chance. You could say that Danny Mendez’s engagement with HPOG began by accident. However, the results he’s achieved in the program are the direct result of hard work and determination.
  • HPOG Success Story: Getachew at Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (New)

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Part of living the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. It is a dream that belongs to everyone, not just those born in the United States; a dream that is rooted in the understanding that with hard work and desire, anything is possible. Getachew Haile is proof that the American Dream still exists, and proof that HPOG can play an important role in helping make it achievable for everyone.
  • HPOG Success Story: Michele at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (New)

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Successful working mothers aren’t the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who have never settled. Michele Heckman’s HPOG story is one of struggle and success; success that has exceeded her own initial expectations of what was possible for herself and her family.
  • HPOG Success Story: Raquel at Central Community College (New)

    Published: December 13, 2018
    The good life. It’s the unofficial state motto of Nebraska that adorns road signs and greets travelers as they pass by the fields of wild grass and perfect rows of corn that fill the state. For those who come to the nation’s heartland looking for something better, “The Good Life” is not so much a welcome or a promise as it is a question; a riddle whose answer lies somewhere between aspiration and reality. For Raquel Renteria, the road to the good life in her adopted state started with a healthcare training program funded by HPOG through the Office of Family Assistance.
  • HPOG Success Story: Tyler at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc. (New)

    Published: December 13, 2018
    A breakthrough can come at any time. Tyler’s breakthrough came after considerable thought and research into a program that would prove to be the gateway to his dream.
  • HPOG Success Story: Antoinette at Community College of Allegheny County (New)

    Published: December 11, 2018
    A single mother rises up to start a new chapter in her life. Antoinette and her family have faced many challenges in the last fifteen years. She suffered the loss of her home and the passing of close family members. She was a single mother, with nine daughters and no place to live. Much of the next decade was spent working hard to keep her family afloat. Antoinette has a master’s degree in social work, but lack of licensure capped her earning potential. She spent time as a drug and alcohol counselor and as a daycare worker. Antoinette always loved helping families overcome challenges in their lives. Now, it was her turn. Antoinette had two teenage daughters, one with special needs, and two grandchildren living with her. She knew she wanted to start her own business, and began researching what additional experience and education she would need to do so. She happened upon HPOG and knew that it was her chance to succeed.
  • HPOG Success Story: Amber at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (New)

    Published: December 6, 2018
    Fort Totten, ND  The key to success lives in every one of us. Amber, a single mother from North Dakota, is a perfect example of overcoming one’s circumstances. As early as high school, Amber had a passion for helping others and learning as much as she could. At sixteen, she got pregnant with her first child and had to drop out of school. She did odd jobs to make ends meet, but found it difficult to find full time work without a diploma. Amber knew that she needed to take steps to build a life for her family. She was living in a shelter with her three children, two of whom have special needs, and had recently left an abusive relationship. She moved to North Dakota, and put herself through Emergency Medical Training (EMT) school at night. Amber got a job at the local hospital as an EMT, but she had to work overtime shifts just to cover their bills. The job gave her the confidence to pursue her next goal of becoming a paramedic, but she still had doubts. At this time, Amber discovered the HPOG funded  Next Steps II program. She applied, got accepted, and started her journey to becoming a paramedic. With Next Steps II assistance and guidance, nothing could stop Amber not even health setbacks.
  • HPOG Success Story: DaShouna at the Kansas Department of Commerce

    Published: November 29, 2018
    HPOG is here to help you cross the finish line. DaShouna came to the Wichita Workforce Center in September 2016. She was one semester away from completing her Associates of Applied Science in Nursing and gaining her Registered Nurse (RN) license. She had nine years of experience in the healthcare industry as a Home Health Aide. DaShouna was already on the right path to ensure a brighter future for herself and nine children. As a single mother, she relied on childcare from family, as well as programs such as TANF, SNAP, Section 8, Medical Card, and Free/Reduced lunches for her kids. Despite assistance, the money ran out and she could no longer afford her tuition. DaShouna learned of the HPOG-funded Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Program (KHPOP) through fellow students. A KHPOP Career Coach met with DaShouna in October 2016 to discuss training and employment goals. With her student grant and loan options exhausted, the Career Coach decided that DaShouna would be a perfect candidate for “Wild Card” entry into KHPOP during her last semester of college. Each HPOG program has a limited number of Wild Cards, which allow program directors to bypass random assignment to serve participants with unusual circumstances. DaShouna had put so much of her own time and resources into her education that it took little time to gather the necessary documentation to award the Wild Card and enroll her in the KHPOP program.
  • HPOG Success Story: Adrayll at South Carolina Department of Social Services

    Published: November 20, 2018
    A South Carolina father is making the best of his second chance at life. Adrayll was the recipient of a lifesaving liver transplant in April of 2017. Through the months of recovery, he looked to build a plan to provide for his wife and two young daughters while maintaining his health. He heard about a grant program while talking to his caseworker at the Chester County Department of Social Services (DSS). The HPOG-funded Project HOPE would provide Adrayll entry to the very career field that helped save his life.

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