CO-HELPS Healthcare Apprenticeship Program

The Colorado Healthcare Experiential Pathways to Success (CO-HELPS) program will leverage a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and over a five million dollar match from businesses to create 5,000 adult healthcare apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships between July 2019 and July 2023.

In partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC), CCCS colleges, Emily Griffith Technical College, Aims Community College, and Colorado State University will work with business and industry to design a curriculum that meets the needs of today’s growing healthcare system.

Initial industry partners include the following: Centura Health, Colorado Rural Health Center, HealthONE, Kaiser Permanente, National Healthcareer Association, and UCHealth.

Of the $12 million award, CCCS was awarded an approximately $9 million dollar sub-award to invest in the following three areas:

  • Program Development and Maintenance –Funding to established educational partners to develop, launch, implement, and scale healthcare apprenticeships
  • Small Business Wage Reimbursements – Funding to companies to offset apprentice on-the-job-training wages for companies smaller than 50 employees
  • Apprentice Support Services – Funding managed through the participating colleges to provide apprentices with support services that might impede participation in an apprenticeship (such as transportation or childcare)

Recent Highlights:

Program development/maintenance applications have launched, with awards supporting the following occupations and partnerships:

  • Medical Assistant– Arapahoe Community College and Front Range Community College and Centura Health, including expansion into Western Kansas; Arapahoe Community College with HealthONE
  • Patient Care Technician– Community College of Aurora and HealthONE
  • Pharmacy Technician– Front Range Community College and Centura Health
  • Sterile Processing Technician– Front Range Community College and Centura Health
  • Health Information Technology: Medical Coder– Pueblo Community College, Colorado Mental Health Institute, Pueblo Community Health Center, and others.

Targeted Occupations:
Twenty-eight occupations have been identified as targeted occupations for the CO-HELPS grant, with additional occupations being considered based on employer regional demand.

Diagnostic Services Career Pathway Health Informatics
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (Ultrasound Tech) Health Information Technicians
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Medical Transcriptionists
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Health Services Managers
Phlebotomists Medical Coders
Radiologic Technologists Medical Transcriptionists
Radiologic Technicians Occupational/Physical Therapists
Medical Equip. Preparers (Sterile Processing Tech) Occupational Therapy Aid
Nursing Occupational Therapy Assistants
Nurse Practitioners Physical Therapist Assistants
Registered Nurses Physical Therapy Aid
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Massage Therapists
Nursing Assistants Dental
Home Health Aides Dental Assistant
Non-pathway Occupations Targeted Dental Hygienists
Pharmacy Technicians Dental Lab Technician
Medical Assistants
Physical Assistants

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