Partnering with Whatcom Community College extends I-CATCH’s value.
Edmonds College manages Innovations in Creating Access To Healthcare (I-CATCH) Visit disclaimer page . Funded by Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG), the program makes healthcare training accessible to low-income and underrepresented individuals such as recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). I-CATCH delivers healthcare training at multiple community college partners, including Whatcom Community College.
I-CATCH staff at Whatcom, started noticing lower attendance at their workshops. They realized the structure and timing of the workshops conflicted with students’ schedules and did not effectively address their needs. COVID-19’s emergence placed additional stressors on participants. The I-CATCH team began brainstorming ways to promote the workshop’s value to all participants.
I-CATCH staff started sending email newsletters to disseminate information. Their newsletters featured articles on combating test anxiety, managing finances and conducting a job search. Every topic linked to videos and websites with more information. The newsletters also provided local resources and county websites for food, housing, mental health, and school assistance.
Staff used featured workshop resources as an educational tool during individual coaching sessions. Coaches scheduled one-on-one Zoom meetings with struggling students where they reviewed resources from past workshops on topics including test anxiety and reading retention strategies.
COVID-19 changed how I-CATCH assists their participants. By repurposing their workshops to assist participants remotely, I-CATCH continues to support and serve their students on their academic journeys.
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