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Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project, Health and Hope

The Kansas Department of Labor has projected 26,000 new health care job openings over the next 10 years in Kansas. The traditional training and education system will not be able to meet the demands of the industry as it continues to grow and the current workforce moves into retirement. The Kansas Department of Commerce is launching a statewide campaign to provide health care education, training and employment for 500 targeted individuals each year over the next five years. The Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Program (KHPOP) will help address the labor shortage in these occupations while providing career pathways for candidates that traditionally face obstacles in finding well-paying jobs. KHPOP will enable participants to become self-sufficient and decrease the number of individuals receiving public assistance.

KHPOP leverages partner resources to provide employment opportunities in well-paying health care positions. Registered Apprenticeship, Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS), Local Workforce Investment Boards, and the KANSASWORKS State Board as well as health care associations, private employers and representatives from education and training and other state agencies contribute to the KHPOP mission. 

The Department of Commerce and partners will utilize existing relationships to promote KHPOP to potential employers. SRS will aid in identifying members of the targeted population for participation in KHPOP. The KANSASWORKS system will be leveraged to enroll targeted individuals into the program and connect them with the appropriate training opportunities. KANSASWORKS will also serve as the channel between employers and KHPOP participants, linking participants to available job opportunities. In the end, employers will be able to hire professionals trained and educated in their chosen field. These employees come from the surrounding community with the skills necessary to go to work, cutting recruiting and training costs while creating a source for future hires.

Targeted populations of the grant include: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, youth aging out of foster care, recently separated or disabled veterans, high school dropouts pursuing GED completion and low income individuals at or below 200% of poverty level.

Qualified candidates receive support in the form of education, training, child care consideration, GED assistance and career coaching and counseling. Targeted populations will be presented with opportunities to increase skills, earn credentials/stackable certifications and progress on career pathways in health care jobs including: Certified Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Dental Assistant, Health Support Specialist and many others.

Employers with Registered Apprenticeship programs hiring KHPOP participants can receive financial assistance to offset the costs of the customized training.  Participating employers may also receive Work Opportunity Tax Credits and Federal Bonding assurance while creating a pipeline for future healthcare hires within their local communities.

Additional information can be located at .

This document was supported by Grant #90FX0021/01 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.

Submitted to John Griffin by:

Loretta Shelley
Kansas Department of Commerce
Apprenticeship Program
1000 Southwest Jackson Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS  66612-1354
Fax: 785/296-1404

Good morning / afternoon everyone,

Increasingly, discussions around training U.S. workers and preparing our young adults for today’s competitive labor market center on an area that is embedded in the Registered Apprenticeship model.  More than ever, discussions are focusing on the importance of providing education and training that provide the opportunity to earn a certificate or credential that represents achievement of a certain skill level – something a Registered Apprenticeship Completion certificate clearly provides.

As evidence of the increased importance employers are placing on finding workers that can show they’ve reached a high-level of education and/or skill-level, I’d like to call your attention to two recent reports.

The first is a just-issued report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, titled “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century” which promotes increased vocational education and career preparation opportunities for young people in the U.S. to better prepare them for the demands of today’s competitive labor market.  Access the full report below.

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

The second is a report issued by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, titled “Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018.”  The report findings suggest that in today’s competitive labor market, U.S. workers will need some sort of postsecondary degree or certificate to meet the needs of employers.  In announcing the issuance of the report Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Center emphasized this point, saying “America needs more workers with college degrees, certificates and industry certifications.  If we don’t address this need now, millions of jobs could go offshore.”  Access the report below. 

Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018

I hope you find these reports informative and helpful in our future discussions on the role of Registered Apprenticeship in preparing Americans for good jobs and successful careers.

Thank you.

John V. Ladd
Office of Apprenticeship
The Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship and Division of Youth Services are pleased to announce a new resource for YouthBuild Programs: 

The Apprenticeship Guide for YouthBuild Programs

The Apprenticeship Guide is a resource for YouthBuild programs seeking to increase apprenticeship opportunities for their graduates.  The Guide can also be found on the YouthBuild Community of Practice in the Announcements section and in the Apprenticeship folder in the Resource Center.

The Apprenticeship Guide will be helpful to YouthBuild programs by:
  • providing background information on the Department of Labor’s National Registered Apprenticeship System;
  • offering guidance for YouthBuild programs on establishing and managing relationships with Registered Apprenticeship programs; and,
  • suggesting ways in which YouthBuild and Registered Apprenticeship programs can strengthen their relationships.