HPOG Training Programs

The HPOG program is a demonstration project funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 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. The grant works in partnership with Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) and Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) and they provide intake, barrier reduction, and employment support to those individuals who qualify and are enrolled in the grant. Our participants receive training and education either in Albany or in Schenectady along with supportive and employment services.

For information about enrollment:

  • In Fulton, Montgomery Saratoga and Schenectady County contact
    SCAP at (518) 374-9181
  • In Rensselaer and Albany County contact ACAP at (518) 463-3175

Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) and Personal Care Assistant (P.C.A.)
The CNA program prepares students to take the written and practical skill exam to obtain the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Certification. A Certified Nurse Aide performs delegated tasks involving personal care of residents of long-term care skilled nursing facilities. The majority of CNAs are employed at geriatric nursing facilities; however CNAs are also in demand for work with pediatric and developmentally disabled residents. The SCCC/HPOG CNA course has a minimum of 90 classroom hours and a minimum of 30 hours of rotations in clinical sites. Embedded in the HPOG CNA training is an additional 40 hours of Personal Care Aide (PCA) training for those who might prefer to work in home settings. The CNA/PCA course lasts approximately 7 weeks and, to ensure success, it provides more than the required number of classroom and lab hours. It is expected that in the next 10 years the demand for these positions in the capital region will increase by 11% and the average wage is $12.75 / hour

Home Health Aide
A Home Health Aide (HHA) has a scope of care services wider and more advanced than a PCA. Several times a year, we offer this standalone 3 ½ week, 75 hour training, which includes 40 hours to reach PCA with an additional 35 hours (including 8 hours clinical rotation in a home care or assisted living setting). Labor market analysis projects growing demand (33%) and high need in home care professionals in the next ten years with an average wage of $11.50/hour”. This course is ideally suited to those wishing to become certified HHA and work with residents in their homes. In addition, we offer to those students who already have a PCA the opportunity to advance their career by obtaining a certification in HHA. By following an 8 day course we provide participants with the knowledge and experience to become certified HHA.

CNA/ PCA I-BEST Program
The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program is used as a means to increase the ability of students with low academic test scores to advance in adult basic education while engaged in college level occupational programs. Thus students can improve post-secondary qualifications while learning skills necessary in health care fields offering good wages and career advancement. The I-BEST program is co-taught by two instructors, a nurse and an academic instructor, both proficient in their subject matter.  I-BEST students self-assess their progress by completing tasks such as portfolios, journaling, skill training, quizzes and tests, while learning skills necessary to test for their CNA license. Classes are 10 weeks in duration.

Medical Billing and Coding, Chemical Dependency, Early Childhood Education, Nutrition and Registered Nurse (RN)
SCCC/HPOG has entered into affiliation agreements with both Maria College and Belanger School of Nursing (BSON) to support students pursuing RN degrees.  While tuition assistance is not available, most income-eligible students will be eligible for financial aid through the individual institutions of higher learning. In addition, we offer supports including, but not limited to, tutoring, transportation, and career readiness and counseling services. These services are provided on an as-needed basis for HPOG participants enrolled in SCCC, Maria College, or BSON taking courses preparing for Medical Billing and Coding, Chemical dependency, Early Childhood Education, Nutrition and RN programs.

Note: 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!

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