Healthcare Professionals Opportunity Grant (HPOG)


Build a Brighter Future
The HPOG program offers the opportunity for people who qualify as low income (200 percent of poverty) or TANF recipients to become a certified healthcare professional. It is designed to help you reach your potential and get the healthcare career you want.

Additionally, students benefit from SCAPs ongoing case management support and expert job placement and retention services.

Get started today. Sessions run for three weeks, from Monday-Thursday.

Visit SCAP: 913 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY 12307

Call: 518-374-9181

Program Requirements

  • Present proof of a high school diploma or GED (If not, ask about SCCC's GED/ABE class. Students are selected on a case-by-case basis.)

  • Meet Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) requirements

  • Pass criminal history background check with no criminal history

  • Proof of current physical

  • Current immunization records including 2 PPD’s (Tuberulosis Skin Test)

  • Be drug free

  • Meet household income eligibility requirements (TANF or 200% of poverty)


June 23 - July 10, 2014

July 13 - July 31, 2014 

Overview of Career Readiness

Students will attend SCAP's three-week career readiness program that is geared toward a healthcare career prior to entering certification classes at SCCC.

Career readiness prepares you to meet the challenges to today's job market and succeed. Services are individualized as well as group-focused and workshops include:

  • examination preparation
  • time management
  • provlem solving and decision-making
  • understanding boundaries between work, home and family
  • work ethics
  • budgeting
  • resume and cover letter writing
  • job search strategies
  • self assessment process that helps you examine your skills and identify your goals

Training Certificates Offered
Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) combined wtih Personal Care Aide (PCA)
- 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 minimyum of 30 hours of clinical rotations.

Home Health Aide (HHA combined with Personal Care Aide (PCA) - Ideally suited to those wishing to work with clients in their homes. It consists of a four-week, 75-hour training with hands-on experience in a home-or assisted-living setting.

HPOG is a 5-year grant for $11.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The grant is implemented in partnership with SCAP, Albany Community Action Program and Schenectady County Community College (SCCC). This program meets an emerging workforce need in the health care industry, as well as stimulates economic development locally.

HPOG program is a demonstration project funded by the Federal government.  The primary goal of this project is to provide training and support to help people improve their skills and find better jobs.  In order to learn what works, the Federal government is 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 programs for which they are eligible.

“This document was supported by Grant HHS-2010-ACF-OFA-FX-0126 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.