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Eastern Connecticut Workforce Abstract

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

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP)

Location: Franklin, CT


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

Annual Award Amount: $1,500,000

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS Status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: Eastern, south central, and northwestern Connecticut Workforce Investment Areas, which include 112 municipalities and 8 counties

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: 750

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 300

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 550

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 500

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 600

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 500

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 325


The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board’s Health CAP project provides opportunities for TANF recipients and other low-income individuals to obtain occupational training in the following areas: EKG Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, Medical Insurance Coders, Medical Office Specialists, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, Nursing Assistants, Patient Care Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians, Phlebotomists, Social and Human Services Assistants, Fitness Trainers, Medical Assistants, Paramedics, and Registered Nurses. 

Health CAP uses a case management model proven to deliver coordinated, integrated services to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency, and the program design incorporates best practices from previous grants targeting similar populations and involving random assignment to recruit a sufficient number of eligible participants. Supportive services include case management, tuition assistance, and training supports such as books and transportation assistance (e.g., mileage reimbursement, bus tickets). In addition, the Health CAP established a flexible funding pool for one-time payments to cover emergency job-related costs such as car repairs, occupational licenses, childcare deposits, security deposits, and work clothes. Program partners include the Workforce Alliance, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, EASTCONN, and the United Way of Greater New Haven. In addition, a number of employer commitments have been secured. Referrals of TANF participants are made directly from DSS to the three program locations. The Connecticut Department of Labor Apprenticeship staff presented to job developers in the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board area on promoting apprenticeships to healthcare employers as a cost-effective way to increase the skills of their current workers. Discussions with Yale Hospital around the Pharmacy Technician occupation have been ongoing.

Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019