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  • HPOG Success Story: Denise at Edmonds Community College

    Published: November 20, 2018
    For six and a half years, Denise has been a working single mom to three girls. While working as an employment specialist she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to quit her job to recover. After her cancer treatments, she returned to that work, this time supporting adults with disabilities. But due to budget cuts at her employer, Denise lost her job and was unemployed for several months, unable to find work in a lagging economy. Denise knew she wanted to go to school and was starting the process of applying for financial aid. She was discouraged to learn that financial aid was not available for short-term programs and she would not be able to afford a nursing assistant program. A friend told her about the CATCH program at Edmonds Community College, a Health Profession Opportunity Grants project funded by the Office of Family Assistance. Denise saw CATCH as an opportunity to help get her on the right track.
  • HPOG Success Story: Htay at Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board

    Published: November 20, 2018
    Htay is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an acute care hospital that partners with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board’s (MAWIB) CareerWorks Healthcare Training Institute (HTI). Each afternoon Htay arrives at work ready to do her job and is proud of the work she does helping people and making a difference in their lives. Htay was determined to advance in her career and knew that MAWIB’s HTI, a Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program funded by the Office of Family Assistance, was there to help.
  • HPOG Success Story: Kristin at Edmonds Community College

    Published: November 20, 2018
    Kristin Barker was a new single mother with low wages and relied on state assistance to support herself and her son. She had planned a military career but things did not work out as she had thought, and she now had a baby to care for. She struggled just to keep a roof over their heads, have transportation, and put food on the table. She felt education was the place to start over but did not see how that could happen. Her maternity support specialist at SeaMar, a community service clinic, told Kristin about the CATCH program. A job in healthcare had been Kristin’s “plan B” because she believes in contributing back to society in a positive manner. She wanted stability for her son, and her low-wage job was not going to offer opportunity for growth. So she took the leap and applied for the CATCH program’s Nursing Assistant program as the first step to a new chance for herself and a better situation for her son.
  • HPOG Success Story: Pabitra at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

    Published: November 20, 2018
    Twenty-five year old Pabitra entered the New Hampshire Health Profession Opportunity Project (HPOP), a Health Profession Opportunity Grants program (HPOG), funded by the Office of Family Assistance, in the summer of 2011 just a few months after settling in the United States from her native Bhutan. From age 1½ until she moved to the United States at 21, Pabitra lived in a refugee camp in Nepal. Refugees in the camp lived in huts, which were jammed together, creating an unhealthy living environment. People received only basic health care, and Pabitra witnessed many inhabitants struggle with significant health issues. As she matured, she volunteered in the camp as part of a team training residents on proper sanitary procedures. The experience spurred her desire to work in the medical field. Once in the United States, Pabitra searched for opportunities to fulfill this dream.
  • HPOG Success Story: Raquel at Central Community College

    Published: November 20, 2018
    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: Ricardo at Bergen Community College

    Published: November 20, 2018
    Ricardo (Ricky) is a resident of Essex County, New Jersey and one of four children born to Haitian immigrant and Hispanic parents. Neither of his parents went to college, and both struggled daily for a better life. Ricardo saw and experienced their struggles first hand. Those childhood experiences fueled his passion to help others and his desire to be career driven. Choosing a career direction, however, was a challenge for Ricky because he enjoyed so many things. He was drawn to the medical field, in part, because of how he envisioned medical professionals, and particularly, doctors as helping and making a difference in so many people’s lives. But, he was also interested in law enforcement and the restaurant industry. Settling on the medical field, Ricky faced many challenges as a student with no financial support from his parents or other family members. Ricky graduated from high school and started a nursing program at Essex, but lost his way and did not have the support he needed to finish and dropped out. He went to work at temporary agencies and other dead-end jobs just to make ends meet, but the dream of attaining medical credentials never left him. When Ricky decided to go back to school to pursue his passion with the medical field, he found Essex County College’s Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, funded by the Office of Family Assistance and administered by the Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium. Through Essex County College, Training Inc. was offering entry-level certification classes in allied health that Ricky knew would be challenging, but becoming financially stable weighed heavily on his mind. Ricky learned quickly that Training Inc. was the right choice, being known for its success in job placement after training ends. He struggled through school working as a night security guard from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the morning and then rushed to be at class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rarely sleeping., He persevered and made it through the course!
  • HPOG Success Story: Mai at Chicago State University

    Published: November 14, 2018
    Mai’s family of seven struggled for many years despite her husband’s wages and public assistance. Mai’s business degree lead to inconsistent work, and she soon found herself at home taking care of her family. She knew that she was going to have to make a change to provide the type of life she wanted for her five kids. In July of 2016, Mai went to the local Department of Human Services office to find a solution. While in the office she noticed a poster for the HPOG-funded Partnership to STEP UP in Health Careers (STEP UP) program operated by Chicago State University. By August of 2016, Mai was selected as a participant and enrolled at South Suburban College to start pre-requisite courses required to enter the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program.
  • HPOG Success Story: Sarina at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

    Published: November 12, 2018
    As a result of her nearly 3-year participation in the WATCH Project, a Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program funded by the Office of Family Assistance, Sarina is on her way up the nursing career ladder, working as a new Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and finishing her first semester in a Registered Nurse (RN) Associates’ Degree program.
  • HPOG Support Services Infographic

    Published: November 12, 2018
    This infographic visually depicts the extensive network of support services provided by HPOG to help participants overcome barriers to training and employment, following the career pathways model.
  • HPOG Success Story: Catrina at Southland Health Care Forum

    Published: November 8, 2018
    In November 2013, Catrina came to the Southland Health Care Forum (SHCF), a Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program funded by the Office of Family Assistance, after experiencing a number of set-backs in her life. Her contentious divorce just finalized, she was in danger of losing her home and had not worked in four years. Catrina faced the daunting task of rebuilding her life and becoming self-sufficient.