Creating Access to Careers in Health Care

Program Overview

The CATCH (Creating Access to Careers in Health Care) program provided all-expense paid short certificate for Certified Nursing Assistant at Edmonds and Everett community colleges to low-income adults in Snohomish County to fill critical jobs in health care.

Both college CATCH programs offered this in-demand, all-expense paid, work-ready certificate that allowed students to meet prerequisite and core course requirements for advanced certificates in, for example, Patient Care Technician at Edmonds Community College and Medical Assistant at Everett Community College.

CATCH is no longer accepting applications

CATCH benefits

  • Classes were a combination of online and classroom instruction, reducing time required on campus.
  • Each CATCH student received a laptop to keep (upon completion of the program).
  • Support with educational advising, career counseling, and college success counseling.
  • Acquired the knowledge to launch health care career; learn health care career options and pathways, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, CPR, and so much more.
  • Met goals in about six months.
  • Pursued other certificates, and/or associate and bachelor’s degrees.


Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH) is a part of the national research study. The research study will help us learn how programs like CATCH help people succeed in training and finding good jobs. All individuals who are eligible for CATCH and agree to participate in the study will be part of a lottery to randomly select CATCH participants. Supported by a Health Profession Opportunity Grant from the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services