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Project Hope - Health Occupations Preparation for Employment

Project HOPE is a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The project goal is to provide education and training to low-income individuals for occupations in healthcare that pay well. The project requires every person eligible for HPOG to be selected through a lottery system. Only persons selected through the lottery will be able to participate in this project. Persons not selected by the lottery will be referred to other services or programs for which they may be eligible.

Boot Camps are five-week intensive academic and hands-on training sessions taught by a team of health science instructors from technical colleges. The National Healthcare Foundation Standards and Accountability Criteria curriculum is used during the boot camp. Students will also spend one week job-shadowing with established healthcare employer partners.

Boot Camps are located in Florence, Greenwood, Charleston, Columbia, and Rock Hill. All students must attend one of these trainings.

Healthcare Career Preparation will be provided to students by schools in the SC Technical College System through Continuing Education (Quick Jobs Career Programs) and Academic Degree Programs.

Employment Readiness and Placement will be provided to all students during the course of the program and upon completion of training.

Project Hope graduates

Training opportunities include:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Records Technician
  • EMT
  • Paramedic
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Basic Skills Education (if applicable)
  • GED Program (if applicable)

How do I apply?

Information and applications are available online:
Project Hope Application

or by contacting a project representative at the numbers below:

Project Hope
SC Department of Social Services
Division of Family Assistance

PO Box 1520
Columbia, South Carolina 29202

Phone: 803-898-9090
Toll-Free: 1-800-299-2433
Fax: 803-898-7102

This document was supported by Grant 90FX0029 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.

HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.

Updated - January 2016


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