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Turtle Mountain Abstract

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

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Turtle Mountain Community College

HEART Project (Health Education Access through Rural Training Project)

Location: Belcourt, ND


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

Annual Award Amount: $2,285,882

Type of Organization: Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)

Service Area: Rolette County in north central North Dakota

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, individuals receiving General Assistance payments, and individuals whose family income is below federal poverty guidelines


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 860

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 129

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 860

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 645

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 645

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 484

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 436


Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) operates the Health Education Access through Rural Training Project (referred to as the HEART Project). TMCC will take career preparation in the region to a new level by incorporating defined career ladders that include expanded training opportunities in employer-demanded, labor market-informed, high-wage healthcare careers. Occupations for which participants are trained include: Medical Lab Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medication Aide, Patient Access Specialist, Medical Administrative Assistant, Health and Fitness Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Pharmacy Technician. Supportive Services available to participants include transportation, meals, child care, textbooks, school supplies, and course requirement supplies.

The HEART Project cohort model aligns core curricula and provides allied health participants with the same courses that include developmental education and support services with continuous intervention throughout the entire training cycle. Stackable credentials allow multiple entry and exit points within each track that are aligned with available jobs. A bridge program ensures participants are college ready. Through video conferencing technology and online platforms, the HEART Project expands reach and access to training opportunities; provides new opportunities for participants to access work-based learning; and delivers innovative, customized support services.

The HEART Project has met with Rolette County Social Services and the Turtle Mountain Employment and Training Program to enroll TANF recipients. The Local Partnership Collaboration meets every month to ensure that all TANF and low-income individuals are being reached. The North Dakota Workforce Development Council, made up of state agencies in workforce development, has been supportive of the HPOG program. The grantee is pursuing communication with the North Dakota Office of Apprenticeship.


Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019