Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

The Partnership to STEP UP in Health Careers (STEP UP) is an exciting career laddering program that provides educational training for Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) recipients and low income eligible individuals in high demand healthcare fields. This program is funded by Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

The Partnership to STEP UP in Health Careers (STEP UP) program is operated by Chicago State University in partnership with South Suburban College, Metropolitan Family Services-Calumet and Proactive Services. Jointly, we offer the opportunity for training and career laddering in the rewarding fields of Community Health, Health Information Administration, Nursing and Occupational Therapy.

STEP UP Program Benefits

  • Tuition assistance
  • Job readiness and placement services
  • Case management
  • Peer support and learning communities
  • Additional supportive services may be available

Who is eligible to participate?

  1. Individuals over the age of 18 years old
  2. U.S. Citizens or permanent residents
  3. Individuals who meet household income requirements:
    • Receive Temporary Assistance for need Families (TANF) or
    • Meet the 200% federal poverty guidelines
  4. Individuals who have not been enrolled in post-secondary for over a year
  5. Interest in a career in the healthcare

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.

Health Care Educational Opportunities

Certificates (One year or less)
Certified Nursing Assistant Occupational Therapy Aide
Medical Assistant Medical Coding
Specialist Community Health Worker (Basic and advanced)
Associate Degrees
Community Health Worker Registered Nurse
Occupational Therapy Assistant  
Undergraduate Degrees
B.S. in Community Health* B.S. in Nursing
B.S. in Pre-Occupational Therapy B.S. in Health Information Administration

All educational programs are accredited by their professional associations or in candidacy* and meet the requirements necessary for program completers to apply for relevant certification and/or licensure.

For more information or to participate, please contact Proactive Community Services via phone at (708) 248-6166 or (888) 457-0007 or email at

This document was supported by Grant 90FX0052 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.

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