< Back to Search

Kansas Dept of Commerce Abstract

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

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Kansas Department of Commerce

Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project

Location: Topeka, KS


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

Annual Award Amount: $3,000,000

Type of Organization: State Government

Service Area: The State of Kansas

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, recently separated or disabled veterans, high school dropouts, youth aging out of foster care, and other low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 2,000

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 375

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 1,500

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 1,050

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,700

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,105

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 610


The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project (KHPOP) and its host of partners provide job-driven healthcare education, training, and employment for randomly assigned TANF recipients and other low-income individuals statewide. KHPOP enables participants to enter and complete healthcare programs leading to portable and stackable postsecondary certificates, credentials, licenses, and/or degrees. The project focuses on the following occupations: Biological Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse, Medical and Clinical Lab Technologist and Technician, Dental Hygienist, Surgical Technologist, Radiologic Technologist, Pharmacy Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Records and Health Information Technician, Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant, Medication Aide, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Transcriptionist, and Phlebotomist.

Education and training for these occupations is available across the Kansas Board of Regents’ 7 public universities, 19 community colleges, and 6 technical colleges located throughout the state. Services provided to program participants include assessment, barrier removal (for barriers such as child care, dependent care, transportation, disabilities, health conditions, homelessness, and lack of education), case management, coaching and resource management, enrollment in education and training, mentoring, and job placement. Innovative features in KHPOP include the use of career coaches as mentors to participants; the possibility of simultaneous completion of a GED and a healthcare postsecondary credential; funding to cover related training instruction and partial coverage of on-the-job training for participants in registered apprenticeships; use of HD videoconferencing for cost-effective service delivery; and use of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and federal bonding as a means to encourage employers to hire KHPOP participants. A meeting is planned with the Registered Apprenticeship Program’s director to discuss ideas for KHPOP.

Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019