Health Profession Opportunity Grants

(HPOG) &

Allied Health Care Training



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.


* 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.


  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) combined with Personal Care Aide (PCA)
  • Home Health Aide (HHA) combined with Personal Care Aide (PCA)
  • Personal Care Aide (PCA) upgrade to Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Community Health Workers (CHW) Certificate

Read more about the training certificates.


Training will take place at one of our locations:

SCCC - Center City, Schenectady
SCCC - 175 Central Avenue, Albany              

The technical skills learned in 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.


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. 


Outcomes as of December 2014:

  • 1,400 Enrolled in training(55 currently in classes)
  • 1,294 Completed training (95% of those enrolled)
  • 1015 Employed (78% of those completed)
  • 922 employed in healthcare (71% of those who have completed)


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

For Albany and Rensselaer Counties:
Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
333 Sheridan Avenue
Albany, NY  12206

For Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties:
Schenectady Community Action Program, Inc. (SCAP)
913 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY  12307

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.