The Kansas Department of Commerce has been awarded $3 million for 2015 through the Health Profession Opportunity Grant to continue the Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project (KHPOP). KHPOP provides job-driven healthcare education, training and employment to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients and other low-income individuals.
“This grant is great news for the Kansas economy and workforce,” Kansas Commerce Interim Secretary Michael Copeland said. “Healthcare occupations are in high demand in our state and around the country. By providing education and skills training to interested low-income individuals, we can help them improve the quality of their lives through rewarding careers, while at the same time ensuring that our state’s employers have access to a skilled healthcare workforce.”
KHPOP enables participants to enter and complete healthcare programs, leading to portable and stackable postsecondary degrees and credentials. The program provides career coaches who mentor and follow participants through the program. In addition to assistance with tuition, books and program costs, KHPOP also offers support services to participants to defray costs such as day care and transportation expenses.
In implementing the KHPOP program, Commerce collaborates with many partners including the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Department of Labor, the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, the Kansas State Department of Education, the KANSASWORKS State Workforce Board, Local Workforce Development Boards, the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, LeadingAge Kansas, the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs, the Kansas Health Care Association, businesses and community organizations.
The Health Profession Opportunity Grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.