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Rogue Community College District Abstract

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

Rogue Community College District

Southern Oregon Health Occupations Poverty Elimination project (SOHOPE)

Location: Grants Pass, OR


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

Annual Award Amount: $2,919,536

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

Service Area: Jackson County and Josephine County in Oregon

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, youth aging out of foster care, and other low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,164

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 191

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 221

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 68

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 984

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 590

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 500


The SOHOPE project prepares eligible TANF and other low-income residents in southern Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine Counties for careers in the following occupations: Certified Nursing Assistant 1 and 2, Medical Administrative Assistant, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Emergency Medical Technician, Community Health Worker, Medical and Health Services Manager, Paramedic, Massage Therapist, Sterile Processing Tech, and Medical Insurance Coder. The project’s service model and well-integrated employer partnerships ensure steady participant progress that results in permanent, well-paying employment. Supportive services include intensive case management; academic interventions including mock interviewing, resume development, healthcare career exploration, and job search; and connecting students with community programs to help with stable housing, food, transportation, and emergency financial support (e.g., childcare expenses, bus passes, parking permits, gas). Tuition, books, fees, scrubs, school supplies, GED and ABS costs, drug tests, background reports, immunizations, license testing fees, and certification exams are also covered.

Primary workforce partners include the Rogue Workforce Partnership; the local Workforce Development Board; Oregon Department of Human Services; service providers in the WorkSource Oregon One-Stop Centers, which are the local American Job Centers including ResCare Workforce Services and Oregon Employment Department; Pacific Healthcare Training; and other social service/workforce organizations. Additionally, SOHOPES’s recruitment and referral network includes Goodwill Industries, Head Start, TRIO, ACCESS, and the Nonprofit Center for Legal Services. Hiring commitments have been obtained from the following employers: Willamette Dental, Valley Immediate Care, VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, Walgreens, American Medical Response, Mercy Fights, Asante, Asante Physician Partners Work Health, Jackson Care Connect, Asante Physician Partners, and Bodyworks, LLC. SOHOPE is part of a healthcare steering committee that meets monthly to discuss practicums and improving students’ practical skills toward employability.

Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019