Rogue Community College’s Southern Oregon Health Occupations Poverty Elimination (SOHOPE) project prepares Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income residents for healthcare careers, ranging from nursing assistant and pharmacy technicians to emergency medical technicians. Throughout the program, participants receive support services such as transportation and childcare assistance, academic advising, and job placement support, which help ensure steady progress through training.
As a single mother of two, Shawna relocated her family from Michigan to Washington state in 2017. With help from nearby relatives, Shawna moved in with her aunt in search of a fresh start in a new city.
Shawna visited the Renton Community Service Office to begin the process of transferring her Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from out of state. During the meeting with her TANF case manager, Shawna expressed her interest in dentistry and completing her high school degree. Shawna’s case manager knew the Health Workforce for the Future (HWF)Visit disclaimer page program run by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle - King County would be a perfect fit for her. HWF supports progress toward economic self-sufficiency for low-income residents of the Seattle-King County area by offering tuition for healthcare training and support services.
Amy is no stranger to struggle. Over the past thirty years she fought a long, painful battle with alcoholism and dependency. She struggled with homelessness, battled cancer, and at her lowest point, was incarcerated for four years. Her life lacked stability, purpose and direction. Having lost everything at the age of 50, she needed to confront the harmful patterns in her life. “I had to break down every inch of my soul to find the strength to dig into the very roots of my self-destruction,” she recalls. She knew the road to recovery and self-realization would not be an easy one, but she was determined and excited to begin the journey.
The past doesn’t determine your path Aliyah grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. The area is known as “Terror Town” for the rampant gangs and gun violence that plague the streets. Despite the harsh conditions outside, Aliyah was surrounded by a supportive family. Her grandmother gifted her with these words of wisdom: “It works, if you work it.” Over the years, this mantra guided Aliyah to persevere through adversity and help her achieve her dreams. All she needed was a little assistance, which she found through the HPOG program at Chicago State University, Partnerships to STEP-UP in Health CareersVisit disclaimer page .
Health-Care Ute Project (HCUTE) uses Distance Education to connect rural, at-risk adult members of the Ute Mountain Ute TribeVisit disclaimer page with post-secondary education. Education options for reservation Natives are usually inaccessible and unfamiliar. The few tribal members who leave often find the experience culturally intimidating, and dropout rates are high. For those who succeed, they do not return to the reservation after accepting jobs in their field, which weakens the local infrastructure.
Health Professions Opportunity Grants BuffaloVisit disclaimer page at the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium prepares individuals for employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities along a career ladder. Over the five years of the grant, HPOG Buffalo lost contact with many participants after they completed a healthcare training. Staff phone calls and emails to reach out to past participants went unanswered. HPOG Buffalo was ready to try something new.
Whatcom Community College (WCC) added the Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare Grant (I-CATCH)Visit disclaimer page program to their campus in October 2018. The I-CATCH program is open to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and low-income individuals looking for a new career in healthcare. WCC’s addition of I-CATCH opened training and support services to more people in Washington state. It also brought a new approach to I-CATCH participant coaching. The WCC I-CATCH program uses a student-centered coaching approach, which focuses on utilizing campus and community resources to fund and support students’ personal needs. The coaching also keeps employment in mind through every step of the student’s academic progression.
Living in Bridgeport, CT, Nia, a single mom, found herself facing inadequate housing and very limited income. She trained as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), but had trouble finding a LPN job and struggled to make ends meet working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Nia was motivated to provide more for her family, and found the help she needed in The WorkPlace’s Health CareeRx AcademyVisit disclaimer page . The Health CareeRx Academy is a partnership of healthcare providers, employers, educators, trainers, and community-based organizations in coastal Connecticut that work together to train and prepare Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for employment in healthcare occupations.