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HPOG Promising Practice: Pima Community College, Recruitment – Education, Training, and Support Services

Published: June 21, 2019
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
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Participants listen in classTucson, AZ

A crash course in academic preparation helps students at Pima Community College develop Personal Learning Networks that provide sustainable program support both on and off campus.

With funding provided by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, Pima Community College’s HPOG HOPES Academy helps students transition into training, creating a bridge that results in a smoother process and increased success.

HOPES Academy kicks off with a two-hour session that allows time for both learning and connecting. To begin, session participants are introduced to the HPOG program and associated support services. They learn in the ins and outs of career pathways, program benefits, and the roles of support team members. From there, they dive deeper into exploring available training programs, professional development and college readiness support.

Many new students have not participated in formal schooling for years, so some HOPES Academy session time is devoted to academic success preparation with a focus on time and stress management.

Developing a strong support team is one of the most important facets of program success, so students are encouraged and empowered to build both family support groups and peer networks. These Personal Learning Networks help students build connections that positively impact their career journey progress.

Students leave HOPES Academy with a clearer picture of the training process, the people and documents that will help support their transition, and their next steps. The program instills students with a greater sense of confidence, which has been shown to increase the likelihood of a successful transition into healthcare training and ultimately employment.

“HOPES Academy provided reassurance that I can really do this and that I am not alone.”

– HOPES Academy participant

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

Last Reviewed: May 27, 2020