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HPOG Promising Practice: Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board–Education, Training, and Support Services

Published: August 12, 2019
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Technical Assistance

Franklin, CT

Partnering with adult educators widens the stepping stone for those starting the journey into healthcare training.

A close partnership with regional adult educators sustains the success of one Connecticut HPOG program and its participants alike.

Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) manages the Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP), funded by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program. In 2018, Health CAP developed a strategic relationship with EASTCONN, Eastern Connecticut’s adult education providers to develop and conduct HPOG bootcamps at three Workforce Alliance training sites to increase healthcare training access. Participants complete a two-week employability and work readiness skills course. Included within is a basic skills introduction, contextualized for the healthcare field, to prepare them for entry-level vocational training.

Why is it working? Adult educators understand the unique concerns, challenges, and needs of adult students. They tailor educational delivery to adults who may have been away from the classroom for some time. They also make it easier for participants to see the light at the end of the tunnel. During bootcamp, adult educators take the time to help participants select and research a career pathway to present on to the group. This sets the stage for the participant to begin thinking of the immediate short-term training, but also emphasizes that HPOG training can take one as far as they want to go.

An example of regional success comes from EWIB’s Workforce Alliance sister site, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB). NRWIB’s partnership with Naugatuck Adult Education (NAE) offers weekly on-site trainings to help participants meet National External Diploma Program requirements. This partnership helps potential and current HPOG participants see a path to get their high school credentials. Most of the adult education sites offer a Math Refreshers course– a subject that many students find to be the most difficult part of Health CAP’s training programs like Pharmacy Tech. The adult education staff help the students focus and reach their career goals. Their services are always free of charge.

By partnering with Connecticut educators who are experienced in reaching adult students and creating appropriate educational outreach, Health CAP helps participants achieve self-sufficiency through healthcare training and employment.

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

Last Reviewed: August 12, 2019