US Department of Labor TAA-CCCT Health eWorkforce Consortium

Consortium Members

  • Bellevue College
  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Clark College
  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Pierce College
  • Renton Technical College
  • Spokane Community College
  • Whatcom Community College


The Health eWorkforce (HeW) Consortium, funded by the Department of Labor, was formed to elevate national Health Information Technology workforce development efforts and train more than 2,000 veterans, TAA-eligible workers and others for promising careers in healthcare and Health IT. Led by Bellevue College, nine colleges are developing health IT training programs that will be disseminated to colleges throughout the U.S. The Consortium shares a commitment to welcoming military veterans into the Health IT field—a promising area for technology-adept veterans. Veterans will also access veteran-focused health IT career services provided by our industry partner, the Health Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS). The Consortium will also pilot in the veterans community a new federally registered apprenticeship in Health IT.

Capacity-Building Consortium Projects

Expanded use of electronic medical record systems in healthcare is fueling the demand for skilled health information technology workers across the country. Though the workforce need is pressing, cash-strapped colleges often lack the resources to launch health IT programs to meet local employer demand. Also, many college health and IT faculty have not had the opportunity for professional development in Health IT. The dissemination of health IT curricula and faculty HIT training programs by the Consortium will help address these needs. Another obstacle for educators is the lack of hands-on access to EMR systems for students. Few EMR vendors provide academic access to students. Those academic EMR systems that do exist are typically prohibitively expensive. In response to this gap, the HeW Consortium is developing EMR-STAR—a cloud-based EMR access tool for students and educators.

Consortium Program Inventory

New Health IT Certificate Programs

  • Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS)
  • Healthcare Data Analytics
  • Healthcare Database Management & Design
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health IT Career Studies
  • Mobile Health IT
  • Mobile Health Software Development

Programs Infused with Health IT

  • Associate degree Health Information Management & Systems (HIMS)
  • Associate degree Nursing
  • Bachelor degree Nursing
  • Hemodialysis Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology

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Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Grant #TC-23745-12-60-A-53.