Health Profession Opportunity Grants

(HPOG)


BUILD A BRIGHTER FUTURE TODAY! – REACH YOUR POTENTIAL!

HPOG is a FREE healthcare training program for residents of Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties who meet household income requirements.

HPOG is operated by Schenectady County Community College in partnership with Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) and Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP). Together, we offer the opportunity to become a certified healthcare professional.  We pride ourselves on being responsive to your needs so that you will be successful. We are dedicated to providing academic, work readiness and other supports to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to enter the healthcare workforce and meet the challenges that lie ahead.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
* Those who meet household income requirements:

  • Receive Temporary Assistance for needy Families (TANF) or
  • Meet the 200% federal poverty guidelines

* Those who have no criminal history, are Drug-Free and meet the Functional Abilities for the training program. Read More on These Requirements.

TRAINING CERTIFICATES OFFERED:
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) combined with Personal Care Aide (PCA)
Join a career that is personally rewarding while helping others that are in need of assistance. A CNA performs tasks involving the personal care of residents in long-term care skilled nursing facilities. The seven-week course includes classroom learning and lab training with a minimum of 30 hours of clinical rotations. Included in the seven-week course is 40 hours of PCA training for those who would prefer to work in home settings. Graduates of the course are eligible to apply for the competency exam through the NYCNA website. Upon passing the exam, graduates are then registered as Certified Nurse Aide.

Home Health Aide (HHA) combined with Personal Care Aide (PCA)

This course is ideally suited to those wishing to work with patients in their homes. It will provide you with a knowledge base of important personal care skills that can be applied at work or can be used no matter where you go or what you do in life. It consists of a four-week, 75-hour training that combines 40 hours to reach PCA certification with an additional 8 hours of hands-on experience in a home- or assisted-living setting. Upon passing the required exam student’s names will be entered in the New York State Registry for HHA and PCA and issued a certificate.
Books, Supplies, Uniforms, Test fees and CDTA passes are provided for each training.

Training will take place at any one of our four locations:

SCCC - Center City, Schenectady
SCCC - Elston Hall 6th Floor Schenectady
SCCC - 175 Central Avenue, Albany              
SCCC - 220 Green Street, Albany

The technical skills learned in either of these programs are practiced in the specifically equipped student labs.  Students practice learned skills on fellow students and mannequins using a variety of patient care equipment including wheelchairs, gate belts, thermometers and stethoscopes.   After the students have a clear concept of nursing skills and have practiced in the lab, they participate in clinical rotations in healthcare facilities including hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. 

WHAT SUPPORTS ARE OFFERED?

The HPOG program is designed to help you get the healthcare career you want.

Academic Assistance
- We offer the Integrated Basic Education and Skills (I-BEST) program which is designed to increase your potential to advance academically.

Adult Basic Education
and ESL–This class is available to individuals who require additional academic support and is geared toward the healthcare field.

Career Readiness
– You will undergo a rigorous career readiness training that will help you examine your skills, identify your goals and prepare you to meet the challenges of today’s job market. Topics covered include:
     •examination preparation
     • time management
     • problem solving and decision-making
     • understanding boundaries between work, home and family
     • work ethics
     • budgeting
     • resume and cover letter writing

Job Search Assistance
– After graduation, our employment specialists help you find a job that is right for you. Once employed, our case managers help you stay employed. Overall, our job placement rate is more than 60 percent.

Career Ladder Support
– We have an agreement with Belanger School of Nursing (formerly known as Ellis School of Nursing) to ensure continued support services for those HPOG participants who want to advance their education and career opportunities.  In addition, on an as needed basis, we offer: tutoring, textbooks, uniforms, transportation and counseling.  While tuition assistance is not available for this additional training, most income-eligible students qualify for financial aid through the school. 

WE GET RESULTS

Outcomes as of January 31, 2013:

  • 1033 Enrolled in training                   (48 currently in classes)
  • 938 Completed training                     (95% of those enrolled)
  • 838 Certified (CNA/HHA/EMT)          (93% of those who can be certified and                                                                      completed)
  • 708 Employed                                     (74% of those completed)

GET STARTED TODAY!

Contact one of the HPOG partners to get enrolled in the program.  This FREE training program will end soon, so contact us today !!

Schenectady County Community College

E-mail: canacj@sunysccc.edu

For Albany and Rensselaer Counties:

Albany Community Action Partnership
333 Sheridan Avenue
Albany, NY  12206
http://www.albanycap.org/content.cfm?page=HPOG
518.463.3175

For Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties:
Schenectady Community Action Program, Inc.
913 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY  12307
http://www.scapny.org/CR_HPOG_overview.htm
518.374.9181

The Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program is a demonstration project funded by the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The primary goals of this project are to: 1) provide education and training to low-income individuals for occupations in healthcare that pay well; and 2) learn what kinds of education and training programs work. In order to learn what works, we are conducting a study requiring every person eligible for HPOG to be selected through a lottery system. Those not selected through the lottery will not be able to participate in HPOG, but will be able to enroll in any other services or programs for which they are eligible.

This document was supported by Grant 90XF0007 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS

Success Stories!

See scenes from our January 28, 2014 HPOG graduation on our
Flickr Page

Read success stories of HPOG graduates by clicking here.