Posting on behalf of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the Department of Health & Human Services.
Are you struggling with providing innovative approaches to adult basic skills education? Basic reading and math skills for the adult learner serve as a foundation for all successful training programs, such as those supported by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG). HPOG programs provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.
The Office of Family Assistance recently released its next funding opportunity announcements for the HPOG program.
- Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals
- Health Profession Opportunity Grants for Tribes, Tribal Organizations or Tribal College or University
Successful development of basic skills is linked to positive outcomes for students at work, in the community, and in continued education. If your organization would like to boost basic skills training, the HPOG program will be holding a public webinar, Basic Skills Webinar: Emerging Instructional Models and Strategies for Adult Basic Learners to be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
By attending this informative event you will:
- Learn about promising models for providing adult basic skills education
- Discover ways to tailor the design of your program to meet the needs of your community
- Develop ways to link reading and math skills with occupational training
Also read this post, written by OCTAE's Heidi Silver-Pacuilla for the HPOG blog: Supporting Struggling Students with Emerging Models of Basic Skills Instruction.
Thanks for posting the announcement, Jo. Considering the interest that many adults learners have in entering health professions, the webinar would be interesting. And, it's good to see that the Health Professionals Opportunity Grants (HPOG) include those all-important support services:
The supportive services provided by the HPOG and partner programs include (but are not limited to) academic supports, case management, child care, transportation, tuition assistance and other financial support related to training...The proposed supportive services are clearly aligned with and can reasonably be expected to assist program participants in overcoming the barriers identified and improve program outcomes.
I'm wondering if members of our group that have participated in grants like this one could weigh in on what makes a successful student and program.
Cynthia Zafft, Health Literacy Moderator
Our Four Corners Adult Ed Program in Cortez trains a number of health professionals for different entry-level occupations. Their instructors consistently report that students drop out or fail because of poor academic skills.
I have created a Math, Reading, and Writing CD series that gives potential students practice with the academic skills that they are likely to need once they enter training. We are also implementing a grant to prep future health students by having them complete health-related stations that include a lab with related academic skills throw in. We are creating the materials now and will start recruiting students in July.
We know that adults learn in relation to their experiences, interests, and perceived needs. By having them practice academic skills within the context of their career goals, the experience is less threatening and much more fun. Leecy