Before he discovered the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) BuffaloVisit disclaimer page program at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., Jacob considered himself a typical example of the working class poor. He lived paycheck to paycheck, working dead-end jobs with no direction. At the end of the day, he barely made enough money to support himself. While he received Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, he made too much to qualify for food stamps. Times were difficult for Jacob and he desperately wanted to make a change in his life.
A member of the Spirit Lake tribe, Margo spent much of her early life on the reservation working odd jobs to provide for herself and her family. During this time, she worked in customer service, early childhood education, and administration. She was content in these jobs but always wanted to return to school and earn a degree in a field that appealed to her.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) implements the Great Plains Pathways to Healthcare Professions (PHP)Visit disclaimer page program in a cross-section of urban sites, rural areas, and reservations across South Dakota and Nebraska. PHP provides support services for recipients to obtain basic skills education as well as credentials recognized by the local healthcare industry.
The Allied Health Career PipelineVisit disclaimer page at Hostos Community College recognized they needed to focus on Adult Basic Education (ABE) training to help their participants achieve success. They introduced ABE training in 2018 as a part of their Home Health Aide (HHA) training and later offered it as a prerequisite to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients in Texas face a challenge when it comes to training and education. Under the state’s work-first service model, parents are required to work a minimum of 30 to 40 hours a week to receive TANF benefits. This forces them to choose between work and school. Through thoughtful planning with community partners, Alamo Colleges District’s Alamo Health Profession Opportunity Grant (Alamo HPOG) program found a way to offer full-time training to TANF recipients without fear of losing their benefits.
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 NWVisit 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.