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Pima County Community College District Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
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Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Pima County Community College District

Health Career Opportunities with Personalized Educational Supports (HOPES)

Location: Tucson, AZ


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

Annual Award Amount: $2,999,999

Type of Organization: Public/State-Controlled Institution of Higher Education

Service Area: Pima County in Arizona

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: 1,500

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 53

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 330

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 281

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,360

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,183

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 825


Pima Community College’s (PCC’s) HOPES program engages the Pima County One Stop and a variety of employers in achieving two goals: 1) increasing opportunities for education, training, and supportive services that will prepare TANF recipients and other low-income individuals to enter and advance in the healthcare sector; and 2) increasing the number of participants entering healthcare careers. PCC will provide 1,500 program participants with education and supportive services that prepare them to enter growing healthcare careers with the potential for high wages. Program activities include: 1) outreach and recruitment; 2) eligibility determination and randomized assignment; 3) development of an individualized plan for entering an educational program, complete with a career ladder/lattice; 4) provision of supportive services including coaching, cognitive development, and noncognitive development; 5) experiential and/or clinical learning; 6) placement; and 7) re-entering educational programming. The project offers training in the following programs/career pathways: Behavioral Health Services, Dental Assistant, Medical Office, Medical Records/Health Information Technician, Phlebotomy, Medical Lab Technician, Medical Assistant, EMT, Paramedic, Caregiver (bridge for CNA), Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Practical Nurse, Surgical Instrument/Sterile Processor, Surgical Technologist, Clinical Research Coordinator, Medical Coding and Record, and Pharmacy Technician. The project leverages diverse partners including workforce investment organizations, community partners, and employers. Supportive services include holistic case management, academic advising, employment supports, tutoring, college readiness instruction, GED assistance, employment supports, and training. HOPES partners with the State Department of Economic Security Office as well as with the local TANF provider, ResCare. In addition, HOPES has a memorandum of understanding in process with the local WIB and an intergovernmental agreement in place with Arizona@Work.

Last Reviewed: June 25, 2018