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  • HPOG Promising Practice: Volunteers of America Michigan–Employment Strategies and Education, Training, & Support Services

    In July 2019, Volunteers of America Michigan (VOAMI) added a new staff role to their VOAMI Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program. The Training and Enrichment (TE) Specialist offers extra guidance to participants as they move from enrollment to healthcare training to employment. The TE Specialist offers one-on-one support, connecting participants to the best resources for their needs. They host workshops and job fairs and also reach out to local healthcare employers to stay up to date on open positions, company culture, and future needs.
  • HPOG Participant Career Progress Infographic

    Follow the training and employment career progress of HPOG 2.0 participants in the latest infographic from HPOG.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Montefiore Medical Center–Education, Training, & Support Services

    Montefiore Medical Center focuses on promoting healthier neighborhoods through commitment to community and population health. They are helping build healthcare workforce development opportunities for residents of the Bronx, New York and its surrounding communities. Montefiore Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) provides support to its participants to complete home health aide training, obtain employment, and pursue career advancement. To date, Montefiore HPOG has helped hundreds along career pathways to self-sufficiency.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Cook Inlet Tribal Council - Partnership; Education, Training, and Support Services

    Healthcare employers in Anchorage, AK, look beyond test scores when hiring entry-level employees. The demand for new hires with interpersonal and soft skills is on the rise. Employer partners of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Health Profession Opportunity Grants (CITC HPOG) program in Alaska stated a clear need for entry-level employees to demonstrate such skills. Initiative and a strong work ethic are highly sought-after traits, yet they are often hard to find in the incoming local healthcare workforce.
  • HPOG Success Story: Jenica at the South Carolina Department of Social Services

    At the age of 35, Jenica was a working student supporting five children. She temped as a medical surgical technician, making $9.35 an hour while studying to fulfill her dream of becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Her family received SNAP benefits, but Jenica knew she needed more support to achieve her goal of becoming self-sufficient. While searching for assistance, Jenica learned of Project HOPE: Healthcare Occupations Preparation for Employment. While attending a Project HOPE information session, she learned they could provide her with the assistance she was seeking. She enrolled in Project HOPE on June 26, 2017. Jenica was so excited that she cried tears of joy.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Alamo Colleges District - Partnership; Employment Strategies

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients in Texas face a challenge when it comes to training and education. Under the state’s work-first service model, parents are required to work a minimum of 30 to 40 hours a week to receive TANF benefits. This forces them to choose between work and school. Through thoughtful planning with community partners, Alamo Colleges District’s Alamo Health Profession Opportunity Grant (Alamo HPOG) program found a way to offer full-time training to TANF recipients without fear of losing their benefits.
  • HPOG Success Story Brandi at Zepf Center

    Brandi has a long-standing passion for medicine. The mother of two worked for many years as a registered medical assistant before making the decision to go back to school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). With few nursing school options near, Brandi and her family relocated to her hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Once she settled back in Toledo, Brandi enrolled at Professional Skills Institute (PSI). One fateful day, Brandi ran into an old family friend who had graduated from PSI. They told Brandi about Zepf Center’s Northwest Ohio Pathway to Healthcare Careers (NOPHC) project funded by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program.
  • HPOG Success Story: Morgan at Schenectady County Community College

    Morgan grew up in a small town called Canajoharie, NY. Her parents were always fighting, and eventually, they divorced when she was 7. Her mother left her with her dad. Morgan’s new stepmom proved to be a bully, leading Morgan to leave home at 16 to live with her 21-year-old boyfriend. They were together for a year until she left him because he was “controlling, lying, and cheating.” Shortly after, she found out she was pregnant and moved south to Schenectady. Morgan was determined to make a life for her and her son. She worked as a bartender and took care of an elderly neighbor. As she remembers, after looking for a way to build a career, “…somehow I submitted an application to HPOG.” Then she got a call from Ashley, the Upstate Partnership for Healthcare Pathways (UPHP) HPOG program representative at Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP). The enthusiasm in Ashley’s voice convinced Morgan to start the application process.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Community College of Allegheny County - Partnership; Employment Strategies

    One of the strengths of Pathways to Success in Health Care (PSH) is the program’s network of community partners. This diverse network offers PSH participants the support they need as they move through training into the high-demand healthcare field. PSH is facilitated by the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). CCAC’s position as a trusted education provider helps PSH leverage existing partnerships as well as establish new ones to support training, employment, skills development, and recruitment.
  • HPOG Success Story: Vanessa at Hostos Community College

    Since she was a little girl, Vanessa strived to be a successful woman. To her, success was measured in love for your job, positivity through failure, and finishing what is started. She knew her first step to finding a job she loved would be education. Vanessa decided to quit her job at a supermarket to return to school and earn her High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma.