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Kristal is a wife and mother of four children. She applied to the Work Attributes Towards Careers in Health (WATCH) Visit disclaimer page program in early 2019 and was accepted. Kristal completed phlebotomist training in July 2020. She also completed licensed practical nursing (LPN) training and passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam in November 2020. She began working as an LPN in 2021.

Samuel was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and his unemployment benefits were coming to an end. He applied to the CareerAdvance Healthcare Job Training Program Visit disclaimer page and was accepted in January 2021. Samuel enrolled in certified nursing assistant (CNA) training and received his certification in March 2021. He started employment the same month. His ultimate goal is to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Sarah is a single mother of two children who started her career in healthcare at age 19 to support her young family. She earned her Medical Assistant certification in late 2016 outside of HPOG and began working soon after. Sarah wanted to further her training as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) so she enrolled in the Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project (KHPOP) Visit disclaimer page in April 2019. She completed training and received her LPN license in December 2020.

The HPOG team hosted an End of Grant Webinar for HPOG program staff on June 3, 2021. During this webinar, HPOG Program Specialists discussed administrative closeout requirements and reviewed documents and timelines required for no-cost extensions, Year 5 Supplement and Extension second semester reports and final programmatic and financial reports.*

For more information on grant closeout, please refer to the HPOG 2.0 Grantee Closeout and PPR Guidance, the End of Grant Webinar slides, and/or the OGM Closeout Webinar slides (presented on March 11, 2021).*

If you have additional questions, please contact your program specialist.

Stephanie spent four years working as a traveling phlebotomist. Her mother provided childcare for Stephanie’s four children while she worked to provide for her family. When her mother became ill, Stephanie had to leave her job. Family illness and unemployment were not the first obstacles she encountered; she was also a domestic violence survivor. Stephanie visited her local One-Stop and saw a flyer for Project HOPE: Healthcare Occupations Preparation for Employment Visit disclaimer page . She was interested in returning to school but had exhausted available financial aid during her Phlebotomy degree. Stephanie knew she had an open door in front of her and decided to walk through it. She called the number on the flyer and applied for Project HOPE assistance.

As a single father, Julio struggled for many years to provide for his children. He worked whatever jobs he could find, from cashier to cook to bike messenger, but wanted more. Julio received assistance from the New York Human Resources Administration. During a visit, he learned about the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program Visit disclaimer page offered through Hostos Community College. They offer free healthcare training and career services to help eligible students obtain employment in the healthcare professions. Julio immediately registered for the program and began Certified Nursing Assistant training in January of 2020.

After Jodi’s life took a turn for the worst, she found her path to redemption through the Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH) Visit disclaimer page program at Edmonds College.

Byanca moved to Southern Oregon to escape a bad marriage.  As an unemployed single mother, she wanted to improve her life and better support her child. A few of Byanca’s siblings work in the healthcare industry, and they encouraged her interest in the field. At the prompting of her big brothers and sisters, she attended a Southern Oregon HOPE Visit disclaimer page (SOHOPE) orientation. She learned that with SOHOPE support, she could earn a certificate leading to a well-paying, reliable job in healthcare. After being accepted into the SOHOPE program, she completed her prerequisites and enrolled in the Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) training program.

A dead-end job with no discernible future led Rose to find a new career path courtesy of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board’s Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP) Visit disclaimer page funded by the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program.

The Northwest Ohio Pathway to Healthcare Careers (NOPHC) Visit disclaimer page program is focused on empowering Lucas County, Ohio residents by providing healthcare training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, and other low-income individuals.