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Cook Inlet Abstract

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

Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC)

CITC Health Professions Opportunity Program (HPOG)

Location: Anchorage, AK


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

Annual Award Amount: $1,580,284

Type of Organization: Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization

Service Area: The municipality of Anchorage and nearby Matanuska-Susitna borough in Alaska

Target Population: Alaska Native and American Indian Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program:  596

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled:  75

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education:  150

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education:  75

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training:  596

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training:  398

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation:  327


CITC HPOG has served TANF and low-income people in Anchorage since 2011. The CITC HPOG project offers supportive services including: case management/academic advising/job coaching, bus passes/fuel cards, clothing assistance for employment dress, child care, emergency food/rental assistance, and attendance incentives for in-house training programs.

The project also facilitates mentoring experiences. Participants will receive credentialed training from a State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development training provider (Caregiver Training Academy, Chugiak/Eagle River Senior Center) in at least one of two nursing certification levels or other credentialed trainings, followed by mentoring and job placement assistance (via CITC’s Employment and Training Services Department, Alaska’s People Career Center). Occupations participants are trained for include:  Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Emergency Trauma Technician/Emergency Medical Technician, Registered Nurse, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Dental Assistant, Office Coding, Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor Technician, and Personal/Home Health Care Attendant. Negotiations are underway with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Alaska Native Medical Center to provide pre and post job shadowing opportunities for CNA graduates. CITC is the operator of the tribal TANF program, in partnership with the state. CITC receives direct referrals from the TANF program and provides joint case management/support services. CITC has a working partnership with the Alaska Workforce Investment Board and has met with the State of Alaska Apprenticeship Coordinator to discuss apprenticeships for Certified Nursing Assistants and Medical Office Assistants. The grantee is currently working on acknowledging an in-house MOA course as the official training site for the state apprenticeship program and introduced a mandatory HPOG PATH Academy for all HPOG participants, which helps qualify graduates for DOL apprenticeship programs in healthcare including CNA, MOA, Behavioral Health Technician, and Home Health Aide.


Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019