Revitalizing Colorado’s Healthcare Workforce

From nursing to behavioral health, Colorado’s healthcare workforce is experiencing severe workforce shortages. The Colorado Community College System is committed to building a diverse, sustainable talent pipeline through innovative partnerships with government and industry.

Kaiser Permanente has a need for medical assistants. Even though we had vacancies and positions available to be filled, it was just really difficult recruiting them. We were able to secure some grant funding and partner with Front Range Community College, which had a well-established apprenticeship program to train our employees. The program has really been a benefit both to the employee and the organization.

Barb Head, Director, Education and Nursing Professional Development, Kaiser Permanente of Colorado

Both Pueblo Community College and Parkview benefit with healthcare students learning locally from trained clinical instructors, which also increases their potential for success and allows them to live and work in Pueblo.

Leslie Barnes, Parkview Health System President and CEO

Launching Healthcare Careers

Every year, CCCS colleges train thousands of Coloradans for family-sustaining careers in allied health fields. Meet two: Laylonni and Kimberly.

"They Gave Me an Opportunity"

Laylonni Jaramillo, a Front Range Community College graduate, was inspired to become an emergency medical technician after witnessing a family tragedy. Read how she’s giving back to her community after receiving free training through Care Forward Colorado.

“Just Jump In”

Kimberly Jellison took the brave step to enroll in nursing school following the death of her husband Eric. Now, the Durango resident has earned two credentials and is working toward her Bachelor’s degree in nursing with plans to serve in hospice care. Read how she’s keeping her promise to her late husband.

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