ERIC Number: ED470635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges of Colorado: Status of Health Care Education.
The rapid increase in Colorado's population has created a huge demand for allied health care providers. This increase, coupled with the aging baby boomer population, has created a near-crisis situation in many Colorado communities. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts severe shortages of allied health care workers for the next several years. The goals of the Community Colleges of Colorado Health Occupations Programs are to assess and respond to the needs of the health care community and subsequently provide highly trained health care workers for Colorado. This paper describes the current status of and challenges facing health occupation programs, and makes preliminary recommendations for future directions. The following reasons for low student recruitment are posited: The majority of wages for Colorado graduates of community college health care programs fall in the $8 to $15 per hour wage range, with few opportunities for higher wages; Unemployment rates are low; Lack of marketing by community colleges; Increased marketing by commercial schools; and On-the-job training offered by health care facilities. Schools are also finding it difficult to recruit health care education faculty, due, among other reasons, to poor wages and lack of community recognition for health care faculty. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado