Low income students wanted for all-expenses paid healthcare career training opportunity

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Applications are now being accepted for fall cohorts of CATCH, Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare, an all-expense paid program to train low-income adults in Snohomish County to fill critical jobs in the healthcare industry.

The CATCH Program provides foundational training for certificate programs in select health care professions at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges: Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG and Cardiographic Technician, Monitor Technician, and Medical Spanish Interpreter (depending on college course and externship availability).

Both college CATCH programs offer these in-demand, work-ready certificates of completion while students complete additional coursework to meet prerequisite and core course requirements for advanced certificates. These include: Patient Care Technician and Clinical Laboratory Assistant at Edmonds Community College and Medical Assistant at Everett Community College.

Student supports that are provided include computer literacy skills with a laptop and one year of internet access. Participants that successfully complete the program are given the laptop. Educational advising, college success and career counseling and in-depth job skills are also provided.

The program is supported by a five-year Health Profession Opportunity Grant from the Administration for Children & Families, US Department of Health & Human Services. In addition to Edmonds and Everett community colleges partners in the CATCH program include: Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County; Snohomish County Refugee and Immigrant Forum; Housing Hope; Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board; Department of Social and Health Services; Washington State Employment Security Department; TRAC Associates; Business Access, a company that specializes in building in-home learning communities; and regional healthcare employers such as Swedish Edmonds Medical Center, Providence Regional Medical Center and Warm Beach Senior Community.

CATCH is a part of a national research study which will help colleges learn how programs like CATCH help people succeed in training and find good jobs. All individuals who are eligible for CATCH and agree to participate in the study will be part of a lottery to randomly select CATCH participants.

A recent graduate of the program shared her experience with CATCH, “I have gained more confidence and feel really good about being able to accomplish my goals. CATCH has given me a better outlook for my future and my family’s future.” Another one said, “I’m doing all I can to gain skills so that my family will never be homeless again. The CATCH program was my bridge from a dark place to a hopeful one where I’m no longer afraid.”

Cohorts of 20 students begin in September, November, January, February and July each year and alternate between Edmonds Community College and Everett Community College campuses. Space in both college CATCH programs is limited. For program application and more information visit www.edcc.edu/CATCH/, email: catch@edcc.edu or call 425-640-1361.

 

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