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  • HPOG Promising Practice: Schenectady County Community College - Recruitment and Education, Training, & Support Services

    Since 1965, Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) has pursued alleviating poverty, by helping people to help themselves. Through various programs, they support and empower individuals to build upon their personal resources and abilities to rise out of poverty and become self-sufficient. With the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG), SCAP partnered with Schenectady County Community College’s Upstate Partnership for Healthcare Pathways (UPHP) program to enroll low-income job seekers in healthcare training.
  • HPOG Success Story: Kayla at Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc.

    Kayla moved to Kilbourne, Louisiana at the age of 17. She came from a family that struggled with addiction, early motherhood, and heartache. She left high school when she was five months pregnant. Kayla received her GED shortly after the birth of her first child, but was unsure what to do next. During childhood, she struggled with ADHD, bullying and an unstable home life. Kayla's educational experience was negative. Teachers were not supportive and told her she would never amount to anything. Kayla met her husband in 2007, and they had four more daughters. Together, they found God and raised their five children. Kayla's husband worked long hours to provide for them. They lived paycheck to paycheck, and their daughters often went without. Kayla believed a higher power had big plans for her but wasn't quite sure what they were. Eventually Kayla heard her calling at church to become a nurse. She worried about the commitment and time away from her children it would take. She deliberated, but knew it was the right choice. She applied to nursing school and was accepted. Now she needed to find a way to pay for school.
  • HPOG Success Story: Angelica at Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

    Being born without the ability to hear can make someone feel limited in their career. Angelica found this to be especially true in the field of healthcare. After many years working a retail job, she was ready for a change. Angelica applied to many local healthcare facilities looking for tuition help with certified nurse's aide (CNA) training, but was denied time after time. Angelica mentioned to one of her coworkers that she was looking to get into the healthcare field. That is when she learned about GoodCare, her local HPOG program facilitated by Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
  • Promising Practice: San Jacinto Community College District–Education, Training, & Support Services and Employment Strategies

    San Jacinto College re-engages and incentivizes students to complete their training. In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of the Houston area, affecting many students and staff of the San Jacinto Community College District both financially and emotionally. After the storm, the college’s Health Career Pathways Partnership HPOG program struggled to maintain its relationships with students. This took a major toll on the program’s ability to create successful pathways towards employment. To address these issues, San Jacinto College made efforts to staff up after displaced staff and faculty caused high turnover. The College then set out to implement a student re-engagement strategy to bring participants back into the fold.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Kansas Department of Commerce–Education, Training, and Support Services

    For students participating in the Kansas Health Opportunity Project (KHPOP), a firm educational foundation is a critical factor in program completion. Thanks to funding provided by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, Basic Skills Training has proven to be an essential component in laying the groundwork to set participants up for success.
  • HPOG Success Story: Nicole at Missouri Department of Social Services

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.