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Central Community College Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grants Abstract
Abstracts, HPOG Grantees

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Central Community College

Health Education Laddering Program (HELP)

Location: Grand Island, NE


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

Annual Award Amount: $2,378,471

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

Service Area: Adams, Antelope, Arthur, Blaine, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Chase, Cherry, Clay, Colfax, Cumming, Custer, Dakota, Dawson, Dixon, Dundy, Fillmore, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Hooker, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Kearney, Keith, Keya Paha, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, McPherson, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Platte, Polk, Red Willow, Richardson, Rock, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thomas, Thurston, Valley, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, and York Counties in Nebraska

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,445

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 132

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 365

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 286

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,277

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,043

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 936


Central Community College (CCC), along with project partners Southeast Community College, Northeast Community College, and Mid-Plains Community College, engage TANF recipients and other low-income individuals in education and training that will place them on a career pathway to healthcare occupations that pay well and are in high demand. The project increases access to training and education by scaling strategies and interventions developed in CCC’s successful 2010 HPOG grant from 1 college serving a 14,000-square-mile, 25-county service area to 4 colleges serving a 60,382-square-mile, 77-county service area. Relations with the State TANF Agency and the Greater Nebraska Workforce Investment Board remain strong, with effective referral systems in place.

Project HELP provides training for: Associate Degrees in Nursing and Practical Nursing, Health Information Technologist, Surgical Technologist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, EMT and Paramedic, and Nursing Assistant.  Participants are provided with academic supports and work readiness services. Project HELP leverages supportive services offered by other agencies (e.g., transportation assistance, child care, SNAP, case management, tuition and assistance with fees, housing assistance, emergency assistance, Medicaid, job search assistance, employment assistance, domestic violence referrals, mental and behavioral health assistance, tutoring, computer access). The grantee is exploring possibilities with the State Office of Apprenticeship.

Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019