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HPOG Promising Practice: Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc.–Education, Training, & Support Services; Partnership

Published: September 16, 2020
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Promising Practices

Buffalo, NY

Decades of partnerships build a foundation for the future of healthcare in Buffalo.

Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Buffalo at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium knows an investment in their clients is an investment in the future of upstate New York. HPOG Buffalo prepares participants for employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities through career pathways. They accomplish this through wrap-around support services provided by the program and a strong network of community partners. This collaboration allows for the delivery of results-oriented services to temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) recipients and low-income adults.

One such community partner is Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES.) Erie 1 BOCES provides educational healthcare training and industry recognized certifications. Since the beginning of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants, Erie 1 BOCES has demonstrated a strong investment in HPOG Buffalo students. They support HPOG Buffalo participants through the solid relationship their nursing instructors cultivate with students. They not only teach them about the foundations of nursing; they invest in them on a personal level.

Each Erie 1 BOCES instructor acts as a case manager for students. Every month, Erie 1 BOCES instructors sit down with HPOG Buffalo students and discuss their progress. A spreadsheet tracks participant progress. The spreadsheet shows areas of success as well as weaknesses. For students with a sheet showing academic challenges, there is free tutoring every Friday. If a student is struggling with personal issues, it is most often the instructor who contacts the HPOG case manager for help.

At the end of the academic year, Erie 1 BOCES holds a three-day review session. This intensive class is designed to fully prepare students for the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). Instructors assist students with accessing free tutoring offered by the testing company and registration for the exam.

The integrated relationship with Erie 1 BOCES is the key ingredient to HPOG Buffalo participant success. Buffalo HPOG student, Tiffany, sums up the invaluable work of the Erie 1 BOCES instructors, "Licensed practical nursing (LPN) is a tough training, it's a difficult year, but the instructors do such a wonderful job getting us prepared. If it wasn't for the ton of support from the instructors as well as the help I received from the HPOG staff, I would not have been able to complete the training. They really took care of us."

This Promising Practice was self-identified by the grantee and information contained in this document was provided by the grantee.

Last Reviewed: September 16, 2020