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Scholarships available for new certificates offered in Allied Health programs

Submitted on: 02-27-2007

The Aims Allied Health department has added several new certificate programs to the Alcanzar program, which prepares students for entry-level careers in healthcare. Starting this spring, Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, EMT Basic and Nurse Aide certificates are available through the Alcanzar program. An Athletic Trainer program will be added late this summer, and a certificate in Gerontology Aide will be offered in the fall semester. On the Fort Lupton campus, Gerontology and Phlebotomy will be added in the fall semester in addition to the five-week Certified Nurse Aide program, which is offered throughout the year on all of the Aims campuses. Alcanzar means “to reach” in Spanish. Funded by a $325,000 grant from The Colorado Trust, the program focuses on offering an introduction to professional opportunities in healthcare. “We’ve developed these new programs based on the needs and desires of the community,” said Program Coordinator Chris Urso. “These programs can be taken individually, or students can combine them, using them as a career ladder and adding on to their skills list.” As part of The Colorado Trust’s Health Professions Initiative, the Alcanzar program is funded through spring of 2008. A significant portion of the grant is dedicated to providing scholarships to interested students based on their needs, and the Aims Foundation also provides a portion of the available scholarship funds as a match toward the grant. Students who do not have third-party assistance (e.g., financial aid or scholarships) can qualify to receive funding to cover their tuition and fees at the in-district rate. Students who are already receiving some financial assistance, but not enough to cover the full amount of tuition and fees are eligible for a partial scholarship. “For many students, earning these certificates is a great way to secure employment and make some decent money while they’re still going to school,” Urso said. For more information on scholarships available through the Colorado Trust-funded Alcanzar program, contact Program Coordinator Chris Urso at 339-6464 or chris.urso@aims.edu.



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