< Back to Search

Schenectady County Community College Abstract

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

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Schenectady County Community College

Upstate Partnership for Healthcare Pathways (UPHP) Health Profession Opportunity Grant to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals

Location: Schenectady, NY


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

Annual Award Amount: $3,000,000

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

Service Area: Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington Counties in New York

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: 2,200

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 330

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 970

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 715

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 2,618

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,964

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 1,047


Schenectady County Community College’s UPHP project builds upon a previous successful HPOG demonstration program. UPHP is a consortium of educational institutions, state and local social service and workforce development agencies, and Community Action Agency (CAA) partners. UPHP targets low-income individuals to enter educational programs that offer the credentials needed for high-demand healthcare occupations. UPHP couples the educational component with critical academic and workforce readiness/social supports, which are coordinated with CAA partners to ensure success. Program strategies include ongoing intensive supports provided by case managers, career readiness facilitators/instructors, employment specialists, and retention specialists to ensure that barriers to upward movement along career pathways are addressed.

This project is undertaken in coordination with local healthcare employers who are represented on an Advisory Committee and who act as collaborative partners for training, apprenticeships/internships, and employment opportunities. Occupations include: Behavioral Health Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, EKG Technician, Health Education, Home Health Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Insurance Biller and Coder, Patient Care Assistant, Phlebotomist, Radiologic Tech, Registered Nurse, Social and Human Services Assistance, and Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor. Direct and indirect supportive services include but are not limited to assessment of individual strengths and barriers to success; post-eligibility assessment; training-related costs; logistical supports including child care, transportation, non-emergency food, housing support, and counseling; and employment assistance. UPHP has met several times with the New York State Office of Apprenticeship to discuss processes necessary to have UPHP trainings approved as related instruction for the existing Community Health Workers Registered Apprenticeship.

Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019