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Alamo Community College District Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
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Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Alamo Community College District

Alamo Community College District Health Profession Opportunity Grant

Location: San Antonio, TX


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $3,000,000

Type of Organization: Public/State-Controlled Institution of Higher Education

Service Area: West side and south side of San Antonio and historically Black and low-income east side within the federally designated Promise Zone in Texas

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and individuals at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, with an emphasis on public housing recipients, individuals with limited English proficiency, dropouts, noncustodial parents, individuals with a family history of intergenerational poverty, individuals with disabilities, and veterans


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 850

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 80

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 400

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 300

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 800

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 780

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 650


Alamo Colleges, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio, Project QUEST, San Antonio Housing Authority, and a network of more than 30 employers collaborate to provide a program that offers 1) comprehensive/coordinated wraparound services, 2) strong employer engagement, and 3) health professions training to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals in the following occupations: Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse’s Aide, Medical Front Office, Pharmacy Technician, Licensed Vocational Nurse, and Radiological Technologist/Technician. 

Participants will benefit from Alamo Colleges’ nationally recognized models for providing essential skills training, career exploration, accelerated vocational and job-specific training, relevant work readiness training, and basic skills attainment (as needed). All target occupations provide entry points into health profession career pathways and lead to high levels of employability upon training completion. In addition, students are exposed to a variety of expanded experiences and real-life application of skills they learn during externships/clinical rotations. Participants receive assistance with books, supplies, scrubs, transportation, child care, emergency assistance, and assistance to remove other barriers on a case-by-case basis.

Alamo Colleges works regularly with the Workforce Investment Board, local workforce centers, and the regional Health and Human Services Office for referrals and has created an electronic process to dual enroll HPOG students for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act services. Local workforce centers are represented at all HPOG orientations. Alamo Colleges has conferred with the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship to discuss collaborating on HPOG apprenticeships.

Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019