A community of partners join hands to lift healthcare students to the next step in their careers.
The Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP) Visit disclaimer page at Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Inc. provides opportunities for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals to obtain occupational training in the high-demand field of healthcare. Health CAP uses a case management model proven to deliver coordinated, integrated services to help participants achieve self-sufficiency. Health CAP is embedded within American Job Center (AJC) locations, and matches HPOG participants with other funding sources and support streams. Participants are also co-enrolled in either the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Jobs First Employment Services (JFES), Connecticut TANF, and/or the Connecticut Health & Education Finance Authority (CHEFA). Co-enrollment in additional programs ensures every Health CAP student has access to necessary support services.
Each Health CAP program site uses these other funding and support sources differently to fit participants’ needs. The Health CAP staff members coordinate with the WIOA, JFES, and TANF case managers at AJC sites to maximize the services and supports that are available to assist participants. Health CAP students that meet the eligibility requirements of any of the aforementioned programs have the opportunity to receive additional supports such as mileage reimbursement, vehicle repairs, childcare costs, and cash incentives.
The Northwest Regional Workforce Board has nearly 25 percent of their HPOG participants co-enrolled with the TANF Program. Ten of their participants received CHEFA dollars; performance-based stipends ranging from $100 to $300 for achievements such as successful completion of job training. Participants respond to and appreciate both the recognition and the monetary incentive. The AJC also provides a variety of workshops to HPOG participants such as resume assistance and job search techniques.
Health CAP’s partnerships are able to provide an enhanced HPOG program experience for
their participants which sets them on the road to success.
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