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Health and Public Service

Community Health Worker (CHW)

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Are you someone who cares deeply about health and wellness? Do you enjoy working with members of your community?

Getting your Community Health Worker certificate can be quick, affordable, and can open doors to new career opportunities in a growing field. Boost your resume as you look for jobs in public health, healthcare, and social services. The classes, held at both Aptos and Watsonville campuses, also provide a chance to practice your English in a safe setting. Read more about how you can improve your English skills and boost your career on the Student Information page.

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Day in the Life of a Community Health Worker
Create Your Future in Community Health

In Cabrillo College's Community Health Worker (CHW) Program, you can earn a Certificate of Achievement in as few as two semesters!

CHWs are frontline workers and trusted members of their community. Because of this trusting relationship, CHWs are effective links between the health or social services and the community. The health and quality of life for community members improves with this increased access to needed services.

Learn more about our Certificate and program on the Student Information page.

This is an exciting time for CHWs with growing awareness of the need to address health related disparities, increased funding for public health, and more job openings than there are people to fill them.

CHWs can earn a median income of $61,703.

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The program gave me the tools I needed to be more successful in my career.
Ana Hirsig
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Have Questions?

Please check our FAQs, complete a program interest form, or contact Adrienne Saxton directly for questions specific to the CHW Program. If you have registration or financial aid questions, please contact the Welcome Center. For counseling-related questions, please contact Michelle Foguet-Mendoza directly.

Register for HS130 Intro to Community Health Work to learn about the CHW profession.

Become a Community Health Worker! Start with these Fall 2024 Classes.

Get to the heart of local health needs, and provide the knowledge and resources to help people live healthier lives. Our classes and certificates can open doors to new opportunities, boost your resume, and increase your confidence. Whether you're new to Cabrillo or a returning student, CHW classes and certificates can help advance your career.

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Intro to Community Health Worker | HS-130 (credit) / HS-430* (non-credit)

Dive into Community Health Education and the roles of CHWs as trusted frontline health workers that also serve as critical liaisons between their community and health organizations.

In-Person | Thursdays 9:30 AM - 11:35 AM | Watsonville Campus | View Class

Community Health Worker Skills | HS-131 (credit) / HS-431* (non-credit)

Strengthen your foundational skills as a Community Health Worker (CHW)! Gain a new perspective on community work, including how to solve problems on the job.

Hybrid Requisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HS 130.

In-Person | Tuesdays | 5:30 PM - 7:35 PM | Aptos Campus | View Class

*If you don't need to earn college credit, you can take this class for FREE by registering for the NONCREDIT version of this class. Learn more about noncredit classes and certificates or visit the Cabrillo College Noncredit Application for more details.

Go from Cabrillo to Career with CHW!
Classes start on August 26!