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  • HPOG Success Story: Michelle at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.
  • HPOG Success Story: Samantha at Central Community College

    Samantha was raised in Columbus, NE, as the youngest of five sisters in a single parent household. Her childhood was marked by struggles with anxiety, depression, and a learning disability that impacted her ability to read, spell, and write. She let none of this hold her back and graduated from Columbus High School in 2010. Even then she knew that she wanted to be employed in the medical field. Armed with a goal, Samantha enrolled at Central Community College (CCC). Her roommate was a student in the nursing program. The more they talked, the more Samantha knew that nursing was the path for her. What she didn’t know was the climb she had in front of her. She took the classes needed to enter the nursing program, applied, and was placed on a two-year waitlist to start. In the meantime, she decided to obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree and transfer to Midland University in the Fall of 2012, but struggled with her classes and did not pass her first semester.
  • HPOG Success Story: Shannon at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

    Your journey can take you anywhere once you take a step in the right direction. Shannon was six months pregnant when she moved to the Williamsport area of Pennsylvania. She was learning to live again after surviving domestic abuse and a history of addiction and depression. Shannon lived day to day with no vision for her future. She was staying in a recovery house, working as a waitress, making less than minimum wage, and receiving TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid benefits. As a low-income, first-time mother, she got prenatal care from the Nurse Family Partnership. One of her nurses there urged Shannon to apply to the HPOG-funded Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) WATCH Project.
  • HPOG Success Story: Talana at Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

    Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (EWIB) prepares students who are ready to enter the Healthcare field but may not know where to start.
  • HPOG Success Story: Vincent at Worksystems, Inc.

    The best directions come from those who have traveled the road before you. Vincent’s life has been full of ups and downs. His childhood years were marked by severe abuse and trauma. As a result, he lived with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for most of his adult life. He experienced mental health breakdowns caused by PTSD, leading him to self-medicate with alcohol. Vincent found himself in this downward spiral many times; the last almost cost him his life. As a paramedic, Vincent helped save lives, but struggled to keep his own on track. After losing his job of 11 years, he decided to take advantage of resources that hadn’t been available when he was younger. He entered the Central City Concern’s Mentor Program, which matches participants to a sober mentor who has personally broken through addiction. Vincent was volunteering at Central City’s Employment Access Center when he noticed an orientation on their schedule board for Health Careers NW, a program made possible by HPOG.
  • HPOG Promising Practice Compendium 2017: Education, Training & Support Services

    The following compendium of Promising Practices showcases Health Profession Opportunity Grants programs that advance successful program outcomes through strategic planning based on outcomes from program data. The grantees listed below prosper by providing entry to and advancement of healthcare career pathways through case management, supportive services, education and training.