Colorado HELPS Healthcare Apprenticeship Program

The Colorado Healthcare Experiential Pathways to Success (Colorado HELPS) program will leverage a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and $4 million in donations from businesses to create 5,000 Colorado healthcare apprenticeships between July 2019 and July 2023. In partnership with higher education institutions, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) will work with business and industry to design a curriculum that meets the needs of today’s growing healthcare system. This is a win-win for our state: More Coloradans will have access to high-paying careers, while Colorado consumers will benefit from a stronger healthcare system at lower costs.

Why become a Colorado HELPS apprentice?

  • Get paid while you go to school
  • Receive college credit for your apprenticeship
  • Gain the skills and credentials needed to work in one of Colorado's fastest growing industries

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Frequently-Asked Questions

When can I sign up for an apprenticeship through Colorado HELPS?
During the summer and fall of 2019, CDHE and the Colorado Community College System will be working with business and industry to design career pathways and programs. Once these programs are established, the State will begin offering apprenticeships in the spring of 2020. Check this webpage for updates.

Are there any restrictions on who can participate in these apprenticeships?
You must be at least 17 years old and you cannot be currently enrolled in high school or an equivalency program (e.g., a GED program).

How long is an apprenticeship in the Colorado HELPS program?
Apprenticeships will vary in length depending on the healthcare career.