Care Forward Colorado was created to revitalize Colorado’s healthcare workforce by offering zero cost, short term training programs through community and technical colleges. These programs can be completed in a year or less. Students can learn skills to become a certified nursing assistant, emergency medical services professional, and many more healthcare professions that are desperately needed in Colorado’s facilities.

The purpose of choosing healthcare is because even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado was already facing shortages in entry-level health care positions. It is projected that by 2023 phlebotomists and pharmacy technicians will increase by 38% and 24% and general healthcare support jobs will increase by 16%.

Eligibility Criteria

Starting Fall 2022 through 2024 tuition, fees, and course materials will be covered for students enrolled in the following programs. 

This program will not cover the tuition, fees or course materials for any course you choose to take outside of the certification's requirements. This includes any Essential Learning courses taken toward a future degree. It is the responsibility of the student to cover any costs from courses not required for the academic certificate. 


Students do not need to do anything. Funds are automatically applied to the students account after census (last day to add/drop full semester classes).

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