Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)

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Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in America today. There is an increasing demand for healthcare services as the “Baby Boomer” generation ages and Americans enjoy a longer life expectancy. At the same time, more Americans are coping with increased medical needs due to diseases and chronic health conditions. The strain on the healthcare system is reaching a critical point and additional workers are needed to meet the growing demand. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that healthcare occupations will grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much greater than the average growth expected for other fields. In New York it is projected that some healthcare support occupations, such as nursing assistants and home health aides, will grow by an astounding 27 percent in the next few years!

Fulton-Montgomery Community College is part of a new federal grant project that is designed to help individuals in our community become part of the growing healthcare field. The Health Profession Opportunity Grant, also called HPOG 2.0, started at FM in late 2015 and will be enrolling its first group of participants in the next few weeks. The goal of the HPOG 2.0 project is to provide academic, social, employment, and other personal supports to low-income students entering FM’s health profession certificate and degree programs. The HPOG 2.0 project will help participants successfully complete their training and education and find employment in a healthcare profession.

Individuals in the following FM certificate and degree programs can participate in HPOG 2.0: Certified Nurse Assistant, Home Health Aide, Nursing, Radiology Technician, Health Studies, Health Sciences, Human Services, and Liberal Arts General Studies (Pre-Nursing). Students planning to attend two years at FM and then transfer to a four-year college to complete their healthcare profession training can also participate. Note, HPOG 2.0 isn’t just for recent high school graduates! Adult learners who may be thinking of switching careers and becoming part of the healthcare field can also be part of HPOG 2.0.

The HPOG 2.0 project does not provide financial aid but can assist some participants with expenses for childcare, transportation, uniforms and books. HPOG 2.0 staff can also help participants access campus services, such as tutoring and mentoring, and can provide services such as skills assessment, goal setting, job readiness and more. The FM HPOG 2.0 project can even help participants find a job in the healthcare field!

FM’s HPOG 2.0 project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a study to determine how training opportunities can help people improve their skills and find better jobs. Candidates for entry into the program will need to meet eligibility criteria.

Now is the perfect time for anyone considering a healthcare career to start their training and education. HPOG 2.0 can help remove the barriers to success! For more information, contact FM’s HPOG 2.0 project staff at hpog@fmcc.edu or (518) 736-3622 x8940. Call today to see if you qualify!

This document was supported by Grant90FX0054 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through Schenectady County Community College. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.  The Health Profession Opportunity Program (HPOG) is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities.  Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.