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Colorado Welcome Back by Spring Institute is an international health professionals assistance center and a member of the national Welcome Back Initiative. We help foreign-trained healthcare professionals reestablish healthcare careers in Colorado. Our goal is to build a bridge between the pool of internationally-trained health workers living in Colorado and the need for linguistically and culturally competent healthcare providers.
We help participants in over 40 healthcare careers, including:
- Social Workers
- Mental Health Therapists
- Health Clinic Workers
- Laboratory Technicians
Immigrants and refugees residing in Colorado are eligible for our services.
At Colorado Welcome Back, our ultimate goal is to ensure that each participant is “job ready” for a position in the healthcare field through:
- Initial Contact: After you provide us with your basic contact information, and professional and educational background, an Educational Case Manager will contact you to set up a face-to-face career planning session. Get started today by filling out the initial contact form.
- Career Planning Session: An Educational Case Manager will meet with you, typically for anywhere from one to two hours, to learn more about your background, motivations, history, current employment, family needs, etc., and will help you develop your goals for your healthcare career. This will include discussing licensing and credentialing requirements in healthcare professions as well as alternative health careers that may be of interest to you.
- Ongoing Educational Case Management: An Educational Case Manager will follow up with you to see how your career plan is proceeding. If you are experiencing obstacles, the Case Manager will help you try and solve those challenges. If you change your mind and decide a particular health career pathway is no longer of interest, a Case Manager will work with you to design a new path.
- Workshops: Based on your needs and interests, the Case Manager will refer you to workshops offered by Colorado Welcome Back that will help you attain your goals. Some workshops are geared towards a specific health profession, such as nursing, while others focus on skills necessary to successfully obtain a healthcare career, such as interviewing skills. View a complete listing of upcoming workshops.
- English Language Learning: Many foreign-trained health professionals can benefit from additional English language training. Spring Institute offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that are open to Colorado Welcome Back participants. There are also opportunities to learn English at community colleges and through other community-based organizations that Colorado Welcome Back can refer you to.
- Resources & Referrals: We offer access to job coaches and mentors as well as employment support, linking participants with applicable internship and volunteer opportunities that will add to their healthcare experience in the United States.
No. Each participant will have to follow licensing procedures for their associated professions. Colorado Welcome Back cannot provide any shortcuts, but it does offer an orientation about the existing licensing procedures and ongoing assistance for how to obtain these licenses.
While Colorado Welcome Back does not directly find jobs for participants, staff helps identify job opportunities and links them to current openings that support their career goals.
No. Colorado Welcome Back is unable to provide educational scholarships. However, our staff helps to link participants to financial aid offices at colleges and universities and to existing scholarship programs.
Fill out the initial contact form or give us a call at (303) 569-8634. After collecting basic background information, staff will set up an appointment to discuss your educational and professional experiences, career goals, and next steps.