Enhancing Employer Investments and Expanding Opportunities for Members
Federal, state, and private foundation grants have allowed the Training Fund to bring new and innovative training opportunities to members and the broader community of healthcare workers in Washington State.
Since the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund opened its doors in 2009, the Fund has received more than $9 million through various federal, state, and foundation grants. The Training Fund seeks additional funding in order to help contributing employers leverage their training investment and expand opportunities for members with access to Training Fund benefits.
Department of Labor Closing the Skills Gap Grant
Funding from the federal Closing the Skills Gap Grant funds registered apprenticeship enrollment, thus helping the Training Fund establish new apprenticeship programs, built its training infrastructure and network necessary to deploy these programs, and promote apprenticeship participation.
Department of Labor and Industries
The State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries funding increases healthcare apprenticeship opportunities by directly supporting occupational training programs (NA-C and IHAP Healthcare Foundations) and Training Fund apprenticeship cohorts, building further long-term and stable employer partnerships, and expanding systems for student/apprentice support and success.
Office of the Lieutenant Governor- Complete Washington Program
In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, this special grant funding from the Complete Washington Program started curriculum building for behavioral health apprenticeship pathways.
Career Connect Washington Intermediary Funding catalyzes the development or scaling of high-quality Career Launch programs across Washington State that will prepare students to succeed in our state’s booming economy. Funding will also support Washington State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) plan to strengthen business engagement through work-based learning and the development and implementation of innovative programs and strategies designed to meet the needs of all employers.
Hospital Employees Education and Training Grants (HEET)
HEET (Hospital Employee Education and Training) projects are Washington State’s strategic investment in healthcare workforce training. The HEET grant work has catalyzed new collaborative relationships between labor, employer, education, and others to make innovative education progress for incumbent workers, while responding to demands throughout the healthcare industry.
Below are some examples of HEET grants involving the Training Fund:
- An Inclusive and Accessible Nursing Pathway through COVID-19 and Beyond.
- Partnership between Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kaiser Permanente of Washington, Swedish Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project is aimed at expanding the nursing workforce in King County during the COVID-19 public health crisis and beyond. (2020-present)
- Building Aligned Medical Pathways.
- Partnership between Clover Park Technical College, Green River College, Kaiser Permanente, MultiCare Health System, Pierce College District, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the Training Fund, Tacoma Community College, UFCW Local 21, Washington State Allied Health Center of Excellence, and WorkForce Central. This project’s mission is to increase King and Pierce County’s health care educational pipeline to accommodate a larger number of incumbent workers. (2020-present)
- Associates Degree Surgical Technologists Training: A Worker-Friendly Solution.
- Partnership between Renton Technical College, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, CHI Franciscan – St. Anne Hospital, Kaiser Permanente of Washington, UW Medicine – Valley Medical Center, and the Training Fund. This project is aimed at increasing the number of Surgical Technologists entering the King County workforce. (2020-present)
- Surgical Technologists to Meet Regional Workforce Demand: Clinical Phase.
- Partnership between Spokane Community College, MultiCare Valley Hospital, MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, Kaiser Permanente of Washington, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and the Training Fund. The goal of the project is to support the Surgical Tech cohort project with a dedicated Training Fund tutor, licensed active Surg Tech, providing additional academic and practice support. (2020-present)
- Completing and Enhancing Nursing Pathways to Serve Under-Represented Populations.
- Partnership between Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and the Training Fund. The aim of this project is to implement a part-time LPN program, completing the NAC – ADN pathway, with innovative testing, SIM, and worker-friendly supports. (2020-present)
- Accelerated Pathways for Internationally-Educated Professionals.
- Partnership between Highline College, Puget Sound Welcome Back Center, Kaiser Permanente, CHI Franciscan St. Anne Hospital, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the Training Fund, University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, Center of Excellence for Allied Health, Western Washington Area Health Education Center and Bellevue College. The goal of this project is to identify incumbent healthcare workers who are working in positions that do not utilize their training and forge effective pathways for career progression for these valuable workers. (2020-present)
H-CAP Ballmer Multi-Year
The Training Fund’s national partner, H-CAP (Health Career Advancement Program) and the Ballmer Group contribute to the Train Fund’s design and approval of its Registered Apprenticeship programs, supporting classroom education, remote and in person labs, online programs (RSI – apprenticeship related supplemental instruction), helping with administrative costs, curricula development, train the trainer costs and apprentice support services.
H-CAP JP Morgan
Training Fund Partners H-CAP and JP Morgan Chase contribute funding for apprenticeship curriculum development as part of their COVID-19 Healthcare Workforce Emergency Response grant system.
H-CAP Responsive Programming Grant
Funds from the Responsive Programming Grant are being utilized to develop an industry recognized labor and management focused Safety, Sanitation, Infection Control and Green Cleaning Training and Certification program. The training will be informed by principles of ELL and ABE and will be in a format that allows for EVS workers and managers to lead elements of the training and/or have the opportunity to share their on-the-ground working expertise and experience.
- The AARP Foundation – a charitable affiliate of AARP – aims to access and assist low-income older adults transform their lives through programs, services, and vigorous legal advocacy. In 2017, the Training Fund was awarded AARP Foundation grant funding through the end of 2018. One of the primary goals of the AARP Foundation funding sought to support 50+ Training Fund eligible members as they worked towards earning a degree, certificate, CEUs, or skill upgrade trainings. Other priorities of the AARP Foundation grant work centered on outreach to and engagement with our 50+ workers in effort to more correctly ascertain the kinds of education programming, informational workshops, trainings, and professional development opportunities that would be meaningful to improving their professional lives and personal goals. With these insights, the Training Fund will offer more comprehensive benefits and services valuable to this increasingly substantial group of our incumbent healthcare workforce. (2017-18)
- Kellogg Family Support Program. Partnership between Health Career Advancement Program (HCAP), Training Fund partnered employers, and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project provides supports – transportation, childcare, technology access, food/shelter – to incumbent workers who are in healthcare programs and parents to children under 18. (2016-2018)
- Digital Communications Project. Partnership between Literacy Source, Seattle Central College, SkillUp Washington’s Health Care Learning Consortium (Seattle Foundation), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Swedish Medical Center, SMC-Edmonds, UW-Northwest Hospital, UW-Valley Medical Center, Group Health Cooperative, and Highline Medical Center and the Training Fund. This project supports the digital and English literacy of Training Fund hospital workers through customized curriculum development, computer technology, and a multi-site hybrid class delivery (2015-2018).
Job Skills Program (JSP)
- EVS Pre-Epic Training. Partnership between Literacy Source, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, South Seattle College, Job Skills Program and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project provided EVS employees customized basic computer and English literacy training to successfully transition to the Epic workflow management system (2015-16).
Hospital Employees Education and Training Grants (HEET)
- Pathways to RN. Partnership between Bellevue College, Evergreen Health, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and the Training Fund. This project supported Evergreen Health employees to complete their nursing prerequisites at Bellevue College (2012-13).
- Innovations in Nursing Simulation. Multi-college partnership including Renton Technical College, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, Highline College, South Seattle College and North Seattle College, along with Swedish Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, and the Training Fund, bringing together industry and community college nurse educators to create nursing simulation curricula to be shared and used across the nursing education continuum – from pre-licensure programs to residency programs in industry (2012-13).
- Fast-Track Central Supply Technician Certification Training. Partnership between Seattle Central Community College. Swedish Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project customized SCCC’s Central Supply Technician program to meet the needs of working central supply techs at Swedish Medical Center who, upon completion, could gain CRCST national certification. (2011-12).
- Sustainability in Healthcare. Partnership between North Seattle Community College, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project built on the work of the ARRA “Green” grant by extending training on the greening of healthcare facilities to food and nutrition and facilities workers at Northwest Hospital. (2011-12).
- Moving Forward. Partnership between Bellingham Technical College (lead), Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College, the United Commercial and Food Workers, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the Washington State Nursing Association, the Northwest Alliance for Healthcare Skills, St. Joseph Peace Health, Island General Hospital, Whidbey General Hospital, United General Hospital, Skagit Valley Hospital, and the Training Fund. This project supported incumbent healthcare workers at participating employers to move up the career ladder through multiple healthcare training programs. The project also supported improved alignment of healthcare pre-requisite classes across colleges in Skagit and Whatcom counties. (2009-2011).
- Integrated Contextual Cohort-based Healthcare Education. Partnership between Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project focused on college readiness coursework and career and educational planning for incumbent healthcare workers in preparation for the advanced coursework required of them as they progressed into various allied health programs (2009-10).
- Access to Advancement for Incumbent Workers. Partnership between North Seattle Community College (lead), South Seattle Community College, Seattle Central Community College, Swedish Medical Center, Swedish Edmonds Hospital, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project supported incumbent healthcare workers to enroll in basic allied health courses, including basic math and English classes, medical terminology and a medical office pathway to advance their education and careers. (2009-2010).
- Allied Health Pathways. Partnership between Bellevue College, Evergreen Health, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project offered two certificate tracks: Clinical Lab Assistant and Medical Office Reception for incumbent workers at Evergreen Health (2009-10).
- Healthcare Ladders and Human Simulation. Partnership between North Seattle Community College, Northwest Hospital SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project provided entry-level employees at Northwest Hospital the opportunity to take supported and contextualized prerequisite courses for admission to an RN program and to enter and complete nursing school at North Seattle College. The college used innovations in nursing lab simulations to augment instruction in several classes pre-requisite classes (2008-11).
- Nursing Pathway. Partnership between Lake Washington Technical College, Stevens Hospital, Valley Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project supported workers completing their second year of an Associate’s Degree in Nursing program, including their clinical placements (2008-09)
SkillUp Washington (Seattle Foundation)
- Entry-level worker advancement in healthcare. Partnership with all Training Fund participating employers, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. The grant provided additional case management and support services for entry-level workers advancing in degree or certificate programs in healthcare. (2011-2013)
- Sustainability in Healthcare Video. Partnership with Health Career Advancement Program (HCAP), Northwest Hospital, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project created a video highlighting the work completed on the previous “green” grant work (first under ARRA “Green” and subsequently under HEET) and accompanying report (2014).
Federal Grants (HEET)
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) “Health” grant. Partnership between all Training Fund contributing employers, The Washington State Workforce Education Coordinating Board (lead), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU 775, North Seattle College, Renton Technical College, Highline College and the Training Fund. This project supported nursing education at four levels: CNA, LPN, ADN and Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). The grant also supported healthcare workers to become Certified Medical Assistants and provided training for existing RNs to complete specialty certification exams across multiple high demand areas. ARRA Health also supported the development of the first hybrid delivery RN degree program at an urban college in WA State (2010-13).
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) “Green” grant. Partnership between Swedish Medical Center, UW Medicine Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. The Training Fund was a sub-recipient of two Federally funded ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) grants in 2010 – 2012 to train incumbent healthcare workers in “green cleaning”.
Watch a video about the Sustainability in Healthcare project at Northwest Hospital
Chromebooks awarded to Training Fund members
CHI Franciscan Highline Medical Center SEIU members, Genet Abayazew and Berhana Woldemichael, pictured with their instructor Ted Johnson, received Chromebooks for their successful participation in a computer/ESL class offered at their hospital. This class was a partnership between Literacy Source, Seattle Central College, SkillUp Washington’s Health Care Learning Consortium (Seattle Foundation), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Highline Medical Center, and other local healthcare employers. The project supported the digital and English literacy of Training Fund hospital workers through customized curriculum development and computer technology.
Questions about grants?
Please contact Destiny Williams (he/him) at 425.255.0315.