Apply Now for CATCH Program for Healthcare Careers

Press Release

Updated: Sept. 18, 2013

Contact: Heather Sipple, EvCC Health Sciences and Public Safety, 425-388-9097;

Apply now for CATCH: Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – The Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH) program is now enrolling at Edmonds and Everett community colleges. Low-income adults in Snohomish County who are interested in health care careers are encouraged to apply.

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Cohorts of 20 students begin in July, September, November, January, and February.

The program began in October 2010 with a $1.4 million federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. In September 2011, CATCH was funded for another $1.6 million. It is expected to become a model for Washington state for how to close the gap between underlying poverty and job shortages in health services. The program currently serves 72 students with plans to have served more than 120 by the end of this second year of the grant.

CATCH provides all-expense paid certificate programs — which take about six months to complete — for select health care professions at Edmonds and Everett community colleges (Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Monitor Technician, Nursing Assistant, Restorative Aide) to low-income adults in Snohomish County to fill critical jobs in health care.

CATCH offers online classes to fit into the schedules of working adults with families. In addition, each student receives a laptop. Students in the program will learn about health care career options as well as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and CPR.

Additional support services including educational advising, career counseling, and college success counseling are provided. Students also have the option to continue on in other college certificates or associate degree programs if they choose.

For more information about enrolling at EvCC, contact Heather Sipple at 425-388-9097 or

In addition to Edmonds and Everett community colleges, partners in the CATCH program include: Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County; Washington State Department of Labor and Industry Apprenticeship Program and Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council; Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board; Department of Social and Health Services; Washington State Employment Security Department; TRAC Associates; Housing Hope; Snohomish County Refugee and Immigrant Forum; Business Access, a company that specializes in building in-home learning communities; and regional health care employers such as Providence Regional Medical Center, Swedish Edmonds, and Warm Beach Senior Community.