Revitalizing Colorado’s Healthcare Workforce


Revitalizing Colorado’s healthcare workforce with zero-cost, short-term training programs at community and technical colleges.

Care Forward Colorado is revitalizing Colorado’s healthcare workforce through zero-cost, short-term training programs at community and technical colleges. In a year or less, trainees can learn skills to become a certified nursing assistant, emergency services professional, and many more professions that are desperately needed in Colorado’s healthcare facilities.

Why Healthcare?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado faced deep shortages in entry-level health care positions. By 2023, phlebotomists and pharmacy technicians will grow by 38% and 24%, and general healthcare support jobs are projected to jump by 16%, according to data from the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report

Care Forward Colorado will help the state rebuild its depleted healthcare workforce while providing zero-cost pathways that lead to living-wage, high-growth careers.

How Does It Work?

Starting in Fall 2022, students who enroll in one of the following healthcare certificate programs will have tuition, fees, and course materials covered as Care Forward Colorado funding allows.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant

Find a Participating College


Because training programs and financial aid processes will differ, Coloradans should contact their local college to discuss their options. Find participating colleges and programs by clicking on the button below.

Explore an Employer Partnership


The Colorado Community College System is committed to continuously engaging in partnerships with business and industry to promote student success and serve the workforce needs of our communities. If you have a partnership opportunity you would like to explore or have a question about regard to Care Forward Colorado, click the button below to send us a message.

More About Care Forward Colorado

Care Forward Colorado is made possible by Senate Bill 22-226, which dedicates $26 million in state recovery dollars to train healthcare workers across Colorado. The bill was signed by Gov. Polis in May and sponsored by Senators Sonya Jacquez Lewis and Bob Rankin and Representative Kyle Mullica.


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