Apply now for all-expense paid EdCC training program for health care careers

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The Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH) program is now enrolling for fall and winter at Edmonds and Everett community colleges. Low-income adults in Snohomish County who are interested in health care careers are encouraged to apply.

The program began in October 2010. With a renewed year-two, $1.6-million federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, it aims to close the gap between underlying poverty in Snohomish County and regional job shortages in health services. The program currently serves 65 students with plans to serve more than 125 by the end of this second year of the grant.

CATCH provides all-expense paid certificate programs — which take about six months to complete — for select health care professions — Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Monitor Technician, Nursing Assistant and Restorative Aide — to low-income adults in Snohomish County to fill critical jobs in health care. Classes are held at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges.

According to an Edmonds Community College news release, the first CATCH cohort recently met to celebrate their accomplishments. Half of the students are now seeking (or have recently accepted) employment and half are enrolled in advanced health care education programs at the colleges.

CATCH offers online classes to fit into the schedules of working adults with families. In addition, each student receives a laptop. Students in the program will learn about health care career options as well as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and CPR.

Additional support services including educational advising, career counseling and college success counseling are provided. Students also have the option to continue on in other college certificates or associates degree programs if they choose.

“As CATCH Director, one of my most important goals is finding ways of engaging and supporting students. Helping students access and use the array of college resources designed to maximize their options and opportunities is what I most enjoy and feel proud of,” said John House.

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Start dates for the program are Nov. 14, 2011 and Feb. 6, 2012 at Edmonds Community College and Jan. 23 and July 23, 2012 at Everett Community College.

Orientations to CATCH are held 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., every Thursday at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. To register for an orientation, call 425-640-1361 or email terri.webb@edcc.edu.

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