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  • HPOG Success Story: Shireen at Hostos Community College (New)

    Published: January 9, 2019
    Shireen was two years into her lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse (RN) when sickle cell disease stopped her educational journey. She dealt with her painful illness and faced the challenges of being a single mother before she found out about the HPOG-funded Allied Health Career Pipeline Program at Hostos Community College. Shireen came across the Pipeline Program while reading nursing program reviews on Google. She was impressed with the reviews for Hostos Community College and the success rates of the Pipeline Program. The Pipeline Program gave her reason to hope even on days when her disease caused her so much pain she was unable to leave home.
  • Employment Virtual Learning Cohort Resource Guide (New)

    Published: January 8, 2019
    This resource guide is a compilation of case studies and tools that were developed as part of the HPOG Employment Virtual Learning Cohort technical assistance. Participating grantees gathered virtually and completed employment-related action steps in consultation with a subject matter expert, culminating in an in-person capstone event. This guide is meant to help grantees advance more robust employer engagement and employment service practices.
  • HPOG Success Story: Arainya at Volunteers of America Michigan

    Published: December 19, 2018
    It takes courage to have faith in yourself. Arainya is a single mother raising a young daughter in Michigan. She focused on making a better life for those around her, especially her child. Arainya devoted her time volunteering at the AIDS Partnership of Michigan as a crisis counselor. She knew she wanted to continue her career in a field where she could help people. It was her goal to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but it seemed impossible without help. Arainya made a phone call to the Volunteers of America Michigan’s HPOG program after seeing an advertisement. Minutes later, HPOG returned her call. It was then she knew that she could achieve her dream of entering the healthcare field. Her strong faith urged her forward.
  • HPOG Success Story: Samantha at the Missouri Department of Social Services

    Published: December 19, 2018
    It takes a little help to reach the “HITE” of your career. Samantha was already employed in the healthcare field when she went to the Washington County Missouri Job Center in Potosi, Missouri in August 2016. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) interested in pursuing a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), but she needed help to get started. As a single mother of two, finding the time and money to go back to school proved difficult. The Job Center’s career counselor thought HPOG’s Health Industry Training and Education (HITE) program would be a wonderful opportunity for Samantha to continue her education.
  • HPOG Success Story: Stephanie at Alamo Colleges District

    Published: December 19, 2018
    Stephanie now looks at obstacles as opportunities thanks to Alamo Colleges HPOG. At the encouragement of her grandmother, Stephanie found her way to the Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) in San Antonio, Texas. Stephanie, a single mother, was working at a call center, making only $9.50 an hour in an unfulfilling job. It was difficult for her to support her two children. After attending an HPOG information session at EETC, Stephanie realized not only did she have the support of her grandparents, but of an entire community. She could finally pursue her dream of entering the healthcare field thanks to HPOG.
  • HPOG Success Story: Andrea at Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.