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Care Forward Colorado

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Launch your healthcare career with Zero-Cost short term healthcare programs at Otero College!

Care Forward Colorado provides zero-cost, short-term healthcare training at Otero College. In one year or less, you can learn the skills to become a certified nursing assistant, emergency services professional, or licensed clinical phlebotomist.

Why a career in healthcare?

Healthcare jobs are some of the fastest-growing in Colorado and provide a wage that can support you and your family. There’s also opportunity to advance in your career. Once you earn your certificate, you can begin working in the healthcare industry, continue your training at Otero to add to your skillset and qualify for higher-paying jobs, or both!

How does it work?

Starting in Spring 2023, students who enroll in eligible healthcare certificate programs will have tuition, fees, and materials covered as Care Forward Colorado funding allows. Apply to Otero, enroll in an eligible program, and have your bill paid.

What programs are available at Otero?

As part of the Care Forward Colorado program, we offer the following certificate programs:

Ready to get started?

If you’re ready to enroll, call Student Services at 719-384-6800 to discuss program and financial aid options. Apply to Otero College today!

More About Care Forward Colorado

Care Forward Colorado is a $26 million state program funded through federal recovery dollars. To learn more, visit