Colorado Health Careers Collaborative

What is the Colorado Health Careers Collaborative?

The Colorado Health Careers Collaborative was created to provide seamless pathways from school to employment for ages 16-24 in healthcare fields for Coloradans. It was co-created by Community College of Denver (CCD) and Arapahoe Community College (ACC) in partnership with:

  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Cherry Creek School District
  • Colorado Early Colleges Aurora
  • Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Douglas County School District
  • Elbert School District
  • Elizabeth School District
  • Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Englewood School District
  • Kiowa School District
  • Littleton School District
  • Sheridan School District NO. 2 
  • STEM School Highlands Ranch
  • Ability Connection Colorado
  • A/D Works!
  • Boys & Girls Club Metro Denver
  • DPS Family and Community Engagement

 6 of the largest Health Employers in Colorado

  • CommonSpirit Health
  • DaVita
  • Denver Health
  • HealthONE
  • Intermountain Health
  • Kaiser Permenante
Colorado Health Careers Academy

The Colorado Health Careers Collaborative will be hosting the Colorado Health Careers Academy in the Summer of 2024. Learn a little more about the Academy:

Free to eligible participants
  • Must be between the ages of 16-24
  • Interested in healthcare
  • Willing to work with a navigator from ACC or CCD
This curriculum will include post-secondary certification pathways, career navigation, and innovative virtual job shadow experiences & support talent pipelines to Colorado’s largest health systems

The Academy curriculum will be focused on some of the fastest-growing health occupations, including:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiology Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Sonography Technician
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Technician

Students will gain knowledge on health career opportunities, will become self-aware of their aptitudes and interests, and will obtain direct experience in the industry through virtual and in-person formats.

Students who complete the academy will gain support from navigators to be hired into entry-level positions with our healthcare partners and navigating higher education.

Participation is free of charge. Students who complete the Academy will receive a $500 scholarship deposited into their own CollegeInvest account.

The 2024 Academy runs from June 10 - July 26, 2024 with no classes the week of July 1 - 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

The Summer Academy will be held at CCD or ACC Campuses, depending on which school district / community-based organization the student is a part of.

The time commitment for Monday - Thursday is 1-3 hours of onlne e-learning modules that can be completed at the student's own pace. On Fridays, students will be in person for hands-on learning about 5-6 hours. 

Apply Now for the 2024 Summer Academy.

There will be info sessions held every month to answer questions and explain the details of the program. They will be held: February 13, March 12, April 9, and May 14. RSVP for the info sessions.

Community College of Denver does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. Equal Opportunity is the Law.