Grand Island, NE
Project H.E.L.P strengthens its partnerships to prepare students for rewarding career paths.
Central Community College’s Health Profession Opportunity Grant, the Project Health Education Laddering Program (H.E.L.P) Visit disclaimer page is open to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals in Nebraska. They provide training opportunities with the ultimate goal of placing participants on a career path for healthcare jobs.
Project H.E.L.P. offers in-person, web based, and hybrid training options. Staff provide academic aid, placement assessments, and one-on-one advising. They help participants find employment through job shadowing, and search assistance. Students also receive financial support, including covering tuition, training costs, transportation, and emergency funds. The overall goal is to reduce academic and financial burdens while moving participants along a pathway to self-sufficiency.
Project H.E.L.P. partners with several other organizations such as the Lincoln Literacy Program and Right at Home to improve the assistance they offer participants. Project H.E.L.P works with the Lincoln Literacy Program to support students in Nursing Assistant training. Lincoln Literacy covers tuition, laptops, and tutors, while Project H.E.L.P. provides coaching and fuel assistance.
Through this partnership, Project H.E.L.P. assisted six participants; three are working in healthcare or laddering their credentials, the other three are still in the program and expect to graduate in May 2021. Right at Home, a home care provider, refers some of their staff to Project H.E.L.P for additional Nursing Assistant or Medication Aide training programs. Project H.E.L.P has received four referrals so far; two of the participants have returned to work at Right at Home after completing the supplemental training. One graduate was recently selected as Caregiver of the Week.
Through Project H.E.L.P., employers in the area gained well qualified healthcare workers. More importantly, Project H.E.L.P’s programs and partnerships greatly improved the lives of participants by securing well-paying and steady jobs.
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