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 www.KansasCommerce.com/KHPOP .
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:
Kansas Department of Commerce
1000 Southwest Jackson Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66612-1354