I-CATCH (Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Health Care) is a demonstration project with two main goals:
1. Provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals the opportunity to obtain career pathway education and training for healthcare occupations that pay well.
2. Provide the local healthcare industry with additional well-trained workers to meet labor shortages and high demand occupations.
Serves TANF recipients and other low income (<200% of federal poverty guidelines) individuals in Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties for healthcare education and training from Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, and Skagit Valley College.
To address barriers of poverty that keep many individuals from having access to quality healthcare training, I-CATCH provides wrap-around case management support utilizing regional, community-based organizations, digital literacy and home technology, peer support cohorts, academic supports and intrusive interventions to identify problems that keep students from completing. In addition, there is financial support that leverages or provides resources, including 1st quarter and emergency tuition, computers, uniforms, textbooks, transportation and limited emergency support and Employment Navigators to work with local employers to identify job openings, assist participants in applying for positions and provide additional job skill training.
Healthcare Training programs include: Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Health Unit Coordinator, EKG Technician, Medical Assisting, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nursing, Phlebotomy Technician, Clinical Laboratory Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Prevention Specialist, Human Services Associate, Medical Billing Specialist/Medical Office, and pre-college preparation pathways that are coordinated with the college-level healthcare programs.
In addition to the three colleges other partners include: WA State Department of Social and Health Services, WorkFirst, Workforce Snohomish, Business Access (an in-home learning technology provider), Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest, TRAC Associates and many other regional social agencies and healthcare employers.
The five-year, $15M partnership is financed by a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the Office of Family Assistance, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. HPOG includes 35 demonstration projects across the country and as such I-CATCH will participate in controlled research studies to share best practices and evaluate the effectiveness these programs have in overcoming barriers unique to those we serve.