GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX) — “For a minute I thought about dropping out.” But then the Care Forward Program stepped in to help Gianna.

Colorado Lawmakers passed the Care Forward Program in late August with the goal of “saving Coloradans money and making sure students can get the skills and training they need to build up our health care workforce for the future,” said Gov. Jared Polis.

“I got my money back and I was like this is fate. I’m supposed to take this class,” said Gianna Garcia.

At Western Colorado Community College these 7 programs are available for free.

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assisting
  • EMT
  • Phlebotomy
  • Paramedic
  • Gerontology
  • Nurse Aide

You can take these for a one-year certificate program or for 2 years which will earn your associate’s degree.

“What it’s doing for the community is getting more students into the healthcare because those jobs are in demand right now,” said Brigitte Sundermann, Vice President of affairs at WCCC.