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Take a look at life outside the classroom for the average HPOG 2.0 participant at the time of enrollment with the newest infographic from HPOG.

Naomi found herself pregnant during her senior year of high school. Despite her pregnancy, she graduated at the top of her class, with a 3.7 GPA. Naomi started researching her options and went to an information session for certified nursing assistant (CNA) training at Louisiana Delta Community College. She knew she would need financial assistance, and at the session learned of the Northeast Louisiana Professional Healthcare Opportunities— Careers and Support Project (PHOCAS) program. Naomi applied and was selected for PHOCAS. She started CNA training at Louisiana Delta Community College in May 2016. "PHOCAS helped with everything; tuition, books, and even a gas card for me to travel back and forth. It was amazing and relieved so much stress."

The Northwest Ohio Pathway to Healthcare Careers (NOPHC) Visit disclaimer page Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program at Zepf Center focuses on helping low-income individuals obtain the education and training needed to pursue a job in the healthcare field. This project also builds upon the community Bridges out of Poverty initiative, which focuses on empowering people to progress out of poverty.

Shawntray did what most people do who want to make a better life for themselves, she went to school and got a degree. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she realized entry-level jobs in her field barely paid enough to cover food and housing. To earn a decent living, she needed a master’s degree. But after racking up $30,000 worth of student loans, the prospect of taking on more debt was not appealing.

As a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipient, Audrey qualified to enroll in the Health Careers NW Visit disclaimer page program offered by Worksystems, Inc. Health Careers NW prepares participants for training in healthcare career pathways, supports them through training completion, to help them find careers that offer family-sustaining employment. While working at the Portland Airport to make ends meet, Audrey began her journey to becoming a medical assistant (MA) in 2018.

The Southern Oregon Health Occupations Poverty Elimination project (SOHOPE) Visit disclaimer page at Rogue Community College (RCC) opens the door to careers in healthcare for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and low-income individuals in rural Oregon. The program’s success is evident in the large number of SOHOPE students fulfilling course hours needed for medical assistant (CMA) and phlebotomy certifications. RCC created a way to connect employers with these job-ready students.

This blog post was published in the original HPOG Blog on February 4, 2015.

Empowerment, accountability, cooperation, and hope: these are the common themes that link Project HOPE with motivated young people seeking a career in the healthcare industry. Project HOPE is a powerful example of how HPOG can empower grantees to change lives.

Josselin Maceda transformed the negative forces in her life into inspiration that fueled her passion to succeed. Her engagement with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Visit disclaimer page is a true Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program success story.

The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium Inc.’s HPOG Buffalo program Visit disclaimer page offers training for high-demand healthcare occupations to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and low-income adults.