I-CATCH stands for “Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare.” Key words in this title that help describe the program include "Innovations," "Access," and "Careers." The mission of I-CATCH is to make accessible work-ready healthcare certificate programs by:
I-CATCH uses the five core principles of Holistic Student Support. They are:
1. Building genuine relationships
2. Providing a safe environment
3. Focusing on student strengths
4. Using a solution focused approach
5. Providing a supportive community
Through I-CATCH, students can count on gaining in-demand health care skills along with digital literacy, study skills, critical thinking, problem solving, financial literacy, and communications skills.
The I-CATCH program combines online learning with intensive hands on skills labs and clinical work experience at partner healthcare facilities to allow economically-challenged students to get the training they need to move into better paying jobs on a flexible schedule, while they continue to work and support their families.
I-CATCH is a multi-year, multi-million dollar federally funded initiative that began in 2010. While being managed by Edmonds Community College, I-CATCH serves students at Edmonds, Everett and Skagit Valley community colleges. I-CATCH proudly boasts it's a rich local partnership with community based organizations, regional health care employers, and guidance to help navigate systems to identify needed resources.
Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities.
Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.
I-CATCH serves students with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, factoring in family size. A required criminal background check will also be conducted. Citizenship status must be either U.S. citizen by birth, naturalization, or immigrant eligible for public benefits.
A background check is always performed, because a criminal history may effect ones eligibility to be employed in a healthcare career working around vulnerable populations.
I-CATCH wants to ensure the success of the students it places in clinical externships and prepares for work. Since certain crimes disqualify individuals from participating in clinical placements and ultimately from working with vulnerable populations, all I-CATCH applicants are screened by the Washington State Patrol or SentryLink national background screening. Those with certain convictions are ineligible. I-CATCH initiates and pays for each applicant’s background check as part of the application process.
Why does I-CATCH conduct a criminal background check?
Innovations in Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH) is a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) and is administered by Edmonds Community College.
This document was supported by Grant # 90FX0032-01-00 from the Administration for Children and Families, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.
HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.
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