The CHEO Project

In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that a $14.2 million grant to a regional consortium of seven academic institutions to enhance their current allied health related programs with the goal of training a highly qualified healthcare workforce. The grant sends funds to institutions in Colorado, Alaska, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming and is a part of the U.S. Department s of Labor and Education’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative. The grant is being administered by Pueblo Community College in collaboration with Colorado Community College System staff.

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Allied Health is projecting high employment demand in the coming decades, and employers are anticipating a large gap in technical talent. As a result of this growing demand for allied health professionals, community college programs across the country are filled to capacity. The Consortium for Healthcare Education Online, "CHEO" has been tasked to address these gaps. The CHEO Project is in place to help community college students develop the skills needed to secure viable and sustainable employment in the allied health fields. In partnership with North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) the CHEO Consortium is introduced technology in introductory level science courses and allied health programming using open source software and a robotic interface which allowed students to remotely control actual lab equipment. CHEO Career Coaches worked with Workforce and Employer Partners within the health care industry to identify areas of opportunity for our students.

CHEO "Getting people back to work" is your one stop for learning more about the health industry and the careers that are available through CHEO programs.

The CHEO Mission

TAACCCT Grant Agreement #TC-23780-12-60-A-8 in the amount of $14,171,229 to be distributed across the 8 member colleges in five states. The CHEO mission is to develop and provide hybrid and online courses in the Allied Healthcare field to TAA eligible workers, veterans, and other adults. This project will help ensure success in acquiring the skills, credentials, and degrees needed for increased wage and high skill employment while meeting employer needs for skilled workers.

Project Scope

Collective Impact began by setting a goal and then built an ecosystem of (resources) to develop common strategies and coordinate integrated activities among members to achieve the goal.  (Schmidt, 2012)

As Round 2 TAACCCT grant recipients, the Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) created true Collective Impact. The CHEO Project helped community college students develop the skills needed to secure viable and sustainable employment in the allied health fields.  Co-Grantee partners hailed from across a five state region including Alaska, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming.  The Project’s task was to enroll 3,037 participants in CHEO related courses; and enable 2,460 students participated in state-of-the art remote lab experiments from one of the NANSLO lab sites located in Canada, Montana, and Colorado.  Through CHEO projects, it was estimated 2,460 students would complete online/hybrid programs, and nearly 2,000 would attain allied health related credentials allowing them to step into the workforce with the needed skills and hire-ability employer partners need.

This project helped create solutions to a number of serious economic issues.  Throughout the journey, the Consortium shared successes and problem solved challenges as they arose.  Though the geographical reach was broad, we are a partnership whose mission was to Collectively Impact this nation’s economy and it’s future.

For more information read the Collective Impact article.

Consortium Partners

The Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) consists of eight partner colleges: Flathead Valley Community College, Great Falls College Montana State University, Kodiak College/University of Alaska, Lake Area Technical Institute, Laramie County Community College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College and Red Rocks Community College.

  CHEO Consortium Partners Contact List

Flathead Valley Community College


Laramie County Community College


Great Falls College, MSU


Otero Junior College
Otero Junior College


Kodiak College, UA Anchorage


Pueblo Community College
Pueblo Community College


Lake Area Technical Institute


Red Rocks Community College
Red Rocks Community College

Consortium Contributors

The Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) consists of eight partner colleges: Flathead Valley Community College, Great Falls College Montana State University, Kodiak College/University of Alaska, Lake Area Technical Institute, Laramie County Community College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College and Red Rocks Community College.

CCCS- Pueblo Community College (PCC) is a member institution of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) which comprises the largest system of higher education in the state of Colorado. CCCS is leading the way in the development of online and hybrid based science program design. By incorporating remote based science laboratories, they are creating a “new way” for the student to learn science. These remote labs are part of the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) project.

NANSLO- The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) represents an international collaborative partnership between postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and Canada. NANSLO has furthered the development of openly licensed online science courseware in biology, physics and chemistry and replicated a Canadian innovation known as Remote Web-Based Science Laboratory (RWSL). RWSL makes use of software, live video and robotics that facilitate the remote manipulation of lab equipment. The robotics and video allows students the opportunity to engage in actual science experiments in fully equipped labs 24 hours a day from rural and urban settings alike.

WICHE- The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a regional organization created by the Western Regional Education Compact, adopted in the 1950’s. It was created to facilitate resource sharing among higher education systems in the west. It currently has 15 member states. WHICHE will serve as the coordinating partner for the CHEO Grant offering professional development and training in the development of online or hybrid course material. Through a collaborative approach with WICHE, each Institution will gain specific insight into the integration of NANSLO technology into their online and hybrid certificate programs.

North Island College- North Island College will partner with the CHEO consortium to provide services which will support the operational delivery of remote Web- based Science labs to Kodiak College. In partnership with NANSLO and the CHEO partners, North Island College will aid in the development of new allied health experiments. Their expertise will allow the RWSL system to be operational with the Nikon equipment. With emphasis on increasing access to post-secondary education through flexible delivery of services, North Island College is a key contributor in the success of the CHEO program.

College in Colorado- College in Colorado will develop the career hub to support student activities throughout the grant period. This will include a career plan builder and plan of study for each student. They will incorporate reporting, communication and advisement tools including automated messaging to career coaches at specific student planning stages and checkup features as key progress points. The College in Colorado database will be populated with consortium college programs and online/hybrid courses for selection in the programs of study planning tool. Students will be able to access specific available jobs and associated hands-on training options by region, state and zip code.

BCcampus- BCcampus is an enthusiastic supporter of the shared services model. They welcome innovative concepts and understand the benefit to be gained through a collaborative approach with members of the CHEO team. BCcampus will provide expertise for technology implementation, hosting and operational services to support the delivery of web-based science labs and technical development of new experiments throughout the program. BCcampus will work with institution partners to provide educational shared services for online teaching and learning. In support of the CHEO program BCcampus will provide the services needed in the production of two open textbooks relative to the health care industry. BCcampus will also provide hosting services so that the textbooks are easily accessible to faculty.

Rutgers will be providing a comparison cohort design to the CHEO program. They will utilize research tools and Data Agreements will each college in the program. They will develop tools for data analysis across each state and college. They will work directly with each school to create a panel for comparison. The team from Rutgers will work closely with the CHEO Project Director to determine project feedback requirements.

CHEO Fiscal located at Pueblo Community College
Name Title Email Phone
JoAnn Lopez CHEO Grant Administrator  (719)-549-3090
Jeremy Mares CHEO Grant Data Analyst  (719)-549-3090
Laura Smith CHEO Grant Accounting Tech. (719)-549-3090
Chastitie Graves CHEO Admin. Asst. (719)-549-3090

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