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 nine million dollar sub-award to invest in the following three areas:

Recent Highlights:

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

  • 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

Targeted Occupations:

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

Diagnostic Services
  • • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (Ultrasound Tech)
  • • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • • Medical Equipment Preparers (Sterile Processing Tech)
  • • Phlebotomists
  • • Radiologic Technologists
  • • Radiologic Technicians
Health Informatics
  • • Health Information Technicians
  • • Health Services Managers
  • • Medical Billers
  • • Medical Coders
  • • Medical Transcriptionists
  • • Home Health Aides
  • • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • • Nursing Assistants
  • • Nurse Practitioners
  • • Registered Nurses
Occupational/Physical Therapists
  • • Massage Therapists
  • • Occupational Therapy Aids
  • • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • • Physical Therapy Aids
  • • Physical Therapy Assistants
Additional Occupations Targeted
  • • Medical Assistants
  • • Pharmacy Technicians
  • • Physician Assistants

Partnership for Competency Validation & Program Development

CCCS, Skillful, and the Colorado Workforce Development Council have partnered with SkillsEngine to bring the Calibrate tool to Colorado, building job profiles in healthcare and behavioral health to support CO-HELPS and Colorado career pathways work. Calibrate is being funded by Skillful and CO-HELPS, a workforce solution grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Subject Matter Experts can participate in job profile validation efforts by visiting Colorado Industry Career Pathway Validation.

Ready to get started?

For employers: Click here if interested in starting a healthcare apprenticeship program at your business.

For potential apprentices:

  • • More information on CCCS apprenticeships coming soon!
  • • Thinking about an apprenticeship in another industry? Visit the Colorado Registered Apprenticeship Programs Directory to get started by clicking here.

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