The OrtHotics, PrOsthetics & PEdorthics (HOPE) Careers Consortium was a partnership of five institutions:
- Baker College in Flint, Michigan
- Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota
- Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
- Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington
- St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida
Together, we built exciting new programs that provided valuable career education and training in the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (O&P) sector. There continues to be an urgent need in the U.S. to expand the pipeline of workers qualified to serve individuals living with limb loss or disabilities due to chronic disease or war-related injury—and our programs focus on that need.
The HOPE Careers Consortium was supported by a grant awarded from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program by the US Department of Labor.
What We Deliver
Through our partnership, we advanced the O&P education and career training we deliver by:
- Increasing the number of key credentials offered and matching them to the skills required by O&P employers and
- Better preparing TAA-eligible workers and other adults for high-wage, high-skill employment in O&P occupations.
HOPE members continue to offer occupational training, which leads to industry-recognized certifications as well as college degrees at all levels in O&P. Among our five institutions, current credentials include:
- Certified Fitter of Orthotics
- Certified Orthotic Technician
- Certified Prosthetic Technician
- Certified Orthotic Practitioner
- Certified Prosthetic Practitioner
- Certified Fitter of Therapeutic Shoes
- Certified Mastectomy Fitter
- Certified Orthotic Assistant
- Certified Prosthetic Assistant
- Certified Pedorthist
- O&P Office Assistant
- Associate’s Degree in Orthotic & Prosthetic Technology
How we Improved Our Programs
- We continue to offer new certifications and credentials in response to industry need, and strengthening efforts inside our institutions to help move more qualified job seekers to employment.
- We have added online learning opportunities, making it possible for students to enroll in courses even if they are are not geographically near any of the institutions.
- We have expanded our ability to give credit for prior learning, which allows more students to complete the programs in less time and reduce students’ costs.
- We have put articulation agreements in place at member institutions to make the transfer of credits to four-year and graduate-level O&P programs more viable.