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  • HPOG Success Story: Nicole at Missouri Department of Social Services

    Published: December 18, 2019
    Sometimes you find family in unfamiliar places. Nicole was one of many children in a large poor family in Missouri. Out of eleven grandchildren, she was one of only six that graduated from high school. Nicole dreamt of becoming a nurse, and knew she was ready to change her future. Her nursing hopes went on hold when her family got a little bigger. At the age of twenty-one Nicole welcomed her first child. Sixteen months later she welcomed twins. Nicole struggled financially, but her children are her source of inspiration and support. She taught them that with every struggle comes a success. As her children grew older, she knew she had to show them. She set her sights on returning to school to become a nurse. Nicole went to the Linn Creek Job Center looking for help. It was there she met Terry Sullivan, career counselor for the Healthcare Industry Training and Education (HITE) program funded through the Health Profession Opportunity Grant. They started the intake process together and Terry agreed Nicole would be a great fit for HITE.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Cankdeska Cikana Community College-Partnership

    Published: December 11, 2019
    Tribal college’s HPOG program success guides statewide diversity initiatives in North Dakota. With funding from a Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG), Cankdeska Cikana Community College’s Next Steps II Program is now in its eighth year of providing training for healthcare occupations, advancing the diversity of the nursing workforce in North Dakota, and addressing critical healthcare workforce needs throughout the state.
  • HPOG Success Story: Teana at Worksystems, Inc.

    Published: December 11, 2019
    From surviving to thriving: HPOG opens a new chapter for a single mother. 2017 was a year of transition for Teana. The Portland, Oregon mother suddenly found herself at a crossroads in her marriage, without transportation, and on unemployment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Management but could not find a job. She applied to positions of every caliber but was overqualified for most. Teana’s priority was her children. While transitioning from stay at home mom to working mother, she applied for unemployment to provide for them. Accepting unemployment came with the condition that she visit WorkSource, a workforce development partner of Worksystems, Inc. During her intake she found out about Health Careers Northwest (HCNW), a local HPOG program bringing free healthcare training to underserved individuals in the Portland area.
  • HPOG Success Story: Jane at Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

    Published: December 3, 2019
    At 22 years old, Jane was facing a future common among her peers in tribal communities across the country. She was the mother of two boys, and unable to find a job that paid a living wage. Basic needs like food, rent, and utilities became luxuries. As the mom of young kids, Jane had no time to search for work, let alone learn a new skill. Jane went for supportive services to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe where someone recommended the Health-Care UTE Project (HCUTE), their local HPOG program. Jane was accepted into the program and started her journey to becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Unfortunately, her journey soon paused. She had trouble finding childcare and reliable transportation, and dropped out.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Community College of Allegheny County-Partnership and Employment Strategies

    Published: December 2, 2019
    Discussing employment opportunities early and often enhances the educational experience. Community College of Allegheny County experienced several challenges after the start of their Pathway to Success in Healthcare (PSH) program, particularly in reaching employment outcome goals for students and obtaining post-graduation data. They ascribed this to a lack of communication and relationship-building between students and the employment specialists who educate and facilitate healthcare jobs for program participants. Although the program had strong relationships with healthcare employers, they struggled to communicate available employment opportunities to students.
  • HPOG Success Story: Michelle at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium

    Published: November 25, 2019
    An inspiring sister gave Michelle strength to climb the career ladder. Michelle admired her sister for pursuing a career in healthcare, transitioning from pharmacy technician to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). While researching pharmacy technician starting wages, she found an ad for HPOG Buffalo. She saw how they helped people reach their employment goals through education and training. She applied for the pharmacy technician program at Erie Community College after attending an information session at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC).
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Turtle Mountain Community College

    Published: November 18, 2019
    For the past decade, the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Nation has taken a proactive approach to improving the health and welfare of its citizens through strategic initiatives that teach people to make healthier choices. The strategy’s implementation culminated in the construction of the Byron Dorgan Youth Wellness Center, a tribal health and fitness facility, staffed by a trained workforce supplied by Turtle Mountain Community College’s HPOG Health & Fitness Training Program.
  • HPOG Success Story: Cheryl at Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc.

    Published: November 18, 2019
    Cheryl knew from a very young age that she wanted a job in healthcare. Cheryl’s mother was a registered nurse and an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University Of Texas School Of Nursing at the Texas Medical Center. In high school, she decided she wanted to be a nurse like her mother, and applied to the High School for Health Professions in Houston, Texas. Soon after her acceptance, Cheryl was dealt a devastating blow. Her mother passed away from cancer that May. Before she knew it, three decades had gone by, and Cheryl had given birth to 4 children and gotten married. Cheryl had long impressed upon her children the importance of a college education. She told them as soon as they left home for college she would go back to school. Cheryl was working at a clinical laboratory facility, making around $19.00 an hour. But then, she developed health problems that prevented her from working. After regaining her health, she wanted to enjoy her freedom, pushing off her education once again. Her son was pursuing his second Master’s Degree when he asked, “Mom, what are you waiting for?” With an empty house, she started her journey to become a nurse at the age of 49.
  • HPOG Success Story: Mindie at Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

    Published: November 18, 2019
    Mindie is a 45-year-old single mother and sole provider for her young son and teenage daughter. She got her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certification in 2003 but battled financial stability for the last 15 years. She always wanted to continue her education and become a Registered Nurse (RN), but she had to work overtime and on weekends to support her family. Mindie knew that she needed more training to further her career and achieve financial freedom. In the Spring of 2017, Mindie happened upon a Facebook post from GoodCare, a healthcare training program provided by HPOG grantee, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. Though her family has always been there for her, Mindie knew she needed more support to be ready for her RN classes. Her application to the program was accepted in May 2017, and she jumped right in.
  • HPOG Success Story: Robin at The WorkPlace

    Published: November 18, 2019
    From survival to success, a single mother builds a new life from hard work. Everything changed for Robin when she lost her job at an outpatient radiology company. She had to quickly find work that could provide both support for her three children and flexibility to meet the demand of their schedules. This resulted in Robin working odd jobs to cover their bills. Once her kids were in school full time, she had more time to dedicate to finding steady employment. She started work at a homecare agency as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). However, she was a per diem employee, which meant she only worked when her employer needed her, and benefits were not included. Five years passed and Robin saw a reduction in her hours at the homecare agency. She knew she needed to gain financial security if she wanted to provide a better future for her children. She went to her local unemployment office seeking part-time benefits. While in line, Robin noticed HPOG’s Health Career Academy posters offering tuition assistance that read, “Let Us Build Your Pathway to a Brighter Future.” She stepped out of line and walked down the street to the Health Career Academy’s office. She had finally found an opportunity for career advancement in a field where she had years of experience.