Welcome, Kadlec!

Welcome, Kadlec!

We are thrilled to welcome new members from Kadlec Medical Center! You are eligible for our programs and services as early as January 1, 2022.

We offer education and career advancement programs so that you can improve your skills, move up the career ladder, and make a better life for you and your family. After January 1, please fill out our online member application in order to access academic and career navigation services.

These programs and services are available after you’ve been employed by Kadlec for three months:

  • Career and education counseling services
  • Educational support services such as academic support workshops, math and science tutoring, English language classes, and basic computer classes
  • Professional Development support such as discounted CPR and Life Support certifications, reimbursement for activities like specialty certifications and conferences/courses that carry CEU credits, as well as free access to CE Direct courses.
  • Members in the Professional/Technical bargaining unit may also apply for conference travel funding (you must be approved prior to travel, then submit for reimbursement).

Once you have worked for your employer for one year, you may also qualify for Tuition Assistance, which covers tuition, fees, and book costs for a wide variety of healthcare education programs at colleges and universities across the region. (Even if you haven’t worked for Kadlec for a year yet, contact us to talk about academic support and resources, career planning, and how we can help you reach your goals.)

  • Applications are accepted year-round and typically we award Tuition Assistance after October 15. However, since you just joined us, we have a different deadline for Kadlec members to apply for Tuition Assistance: between January 1-February 14 (to pay for school as early as Spring Quarter). We encourage members to contact us early to work with a Training Fund Navigator on your education plan.
  • If you are planning to go to school in 2022, please apply for Tuition Assistance between January 1 and February 14. Learn more about Tuition Assistance.
  • If you are currently in school and have already been receiving Tuition Reimbursement from your previous Education Fund, you may be able to add Tuition Assistance from the Training Fund. Please contact us to discuss this.

Watch our welcome video to learn more about the Training Fund!

We look forward to serving you as you pursue your education and career goals. If you have questions or need help applying, please don’t hesitate to call (425-255-0315) or email the Training Fund office ().

Welcome, VMFH St. Joe’s!

Welcome, VMFH St. Joe’s!

Welcome, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) St. Joseph members! You are eligible for our programs and services as early as January 1, 2022.

We offer education and career advancement programs so that you can improve your skills, move up the career ladder, and make a better life for you and your family. After January 1, please fill out our online member application in order to access academic and career navigation services.

These programs and services are available after you’ve been employed by St. Joe’s for three months:

  • Career and education counseling services
  • Educational support services such as academic support workshops, math and science tutoring, English language classes, and basic computer classes
  • Professional Development support such as discounted CPR and Life Support certifications, reimbursement for activities like specialty certifications and conferences/courses that carry CEU credits, as well as free access to CE Direct courses.

Once you have worked for your employer for one year, you may also qualify for Tuition Assistance, which covers tuition, fees and book costs for a wide variety of healthcare education programs at colleges and universities across the region. (Even if you haven’t worked for St. Joe’s for a year yet, contact us to talk about academic support and resources, career planning, and how we can help you reach your goals.)

  • Applications are accepted year-round and typically we award Tuition Assistance after October 15. However, since you just joined us, we have a different deadline for Kadlec members to apply for Tuition Assistance: between January 1-February 14 (to pay for school as early as Spring Quarter). We encourage members to contact us early to work with a Training Fund Navigator on your education plan.
  • If you are planning to go to school in 2022, please apply for Tuition Assistance between January 1 and February 14. Learn more about Tuition Assistance.
  • If you are currently in school and have already been receiving Tuition Assistance from your previous Education Fund, we will work with you to make sure there is no interruption in your education. Please do not pay for 2022 school costs before January 1 (we cannot reimburse you for payments in 2021). We’ll work with you and your school to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

Watch our welcome video to learn more about the Training Fund!

We look forward to serving you as you pursue your education and career goals. If you have questions or need help applying, please don’t hesitate to call (425-255-0315) or email the Training Fund office ().

Updates to Professional Development in the Plan Benefits and what they mean for you

We are always striving to better serve you—our members—and we recently updated our Plan Benefits to reflect that. We encourage you to read through the book detailing the Plan Benefits. We also have a shorter Benefits Overview that summarizes our services and programs. This post summarizes the notable changes for professional development and what they mean for you.

One significant change is that we have made an adjustment to make our system more equitable and accessible to more Professional-Technical members who want to attend conferences. The Conference Travel Funding program gives Professional-Technical members funding assistance to attend regional or national conferences related to their occupation. Members can access up to $1,500 per year for conference and travel-related costs.

We are instilling a new rotating system of awards to the conference travel funding for Professional-Technical workers so that more members can access this opportunity. This means that members who apply for conference travel funding who did not receive it the previous year will be considered before those who did receive conference travel funding the previous year. As always, your chances of receiving funding depends on how many members apply and on the seniority of members who apply. But this rotating system of awards makes this benefit more equitable and will allow more members to receive funding.

Another update that affects members who receive conference travel funding is that we will now be able to cover reasonable costs for AirBnB and similar accommodations, not just hotels. This is something many of our members have been asking for, so we’re happy our Board of Directors approved this change. As a labor-management partnership, our board is made up of employers and union representatives who are working together with us to help you advance your careers and improve patient care.

Two other changes should improve our processes and make things easier for you. We will now even be able to pay for professional development certificates and courses required by your employer and reimburse your request without your manager’s signature. This includes ACLS, PALs, CPR, etc. For membership with organizations that offer Continuing Education units (CEUs), you no longer need to show CEUs as part of the proof of completion. Instead, just show us that the CEUs are highlighted on the organizational website by sending a screenshot.

If you have any questions about these updates or other programs or services, please contact your Regional Education Navigator or our office (425-255-0315 or ).

Tuition Assistance Enrollment Process

The Training Fund is proud to be able to provide our members with the opportunity to receive Tuition Assistance (TA). There are a few important things that you should know if you are interested in Tuition Assistance:

  • There is an enrollment process for receiving Tuition Assistance (outlined below).
  • Before you can receive funding, you must connect with your Training Fund Navigator to document your education plan.
  • Once you are granted Tuition Assistance, you do not need to re-enroll for the duration of your education plan (as long as you maintain your eligibility).
  • The majority of members who apply for Tuition Assistance will receive funding. However, not everyone who enrolls will immediately be granted TA. Each contributing employer system has a limited amount of TA funding through the Training Fund and members will be granted TA funding based on their seniority within their bargaining unit at their employer.
  • If you are a member of the Training Fund, it means that your occupation is assigned to a specific bargaining unit. The three bargaining units are 1) Service/LPN/Non-Professional/Maintenance, 2) Professional/Technical and 3) RN. Each bargaining unit receives different supports from the Training Fund.
  • Applications are accepted year-round and periodic internal reviews may create award allocations at other intervals besides the once-a-year awards at the October 15th deadline (subject to funds available and usage). We encourage members to apply early to work with your Training Fund Navigator on your education plan.

Step 1: Connect with a Regional Education Navigator
In order to enroll in Tuition Assistance (TA), a Training Fund Regional Education Navigator (REN) will schedule a required meeting with you to help you prepare for school and discuss your interest in TA after you apply to the Training Fund. You must connect with your navigator in order to remain on the enrollment list. Your navigator will provide you with information about the college application process, discuss the full range of Training Fund benefits available to you, and share important deadlines to help you plan your education pathway.

Members are encouraged to apply any time during the year so that you can be connected with career counseling, education navigation, and other benefits you may be eligible for in support of your education and career goals. Members will only receive decisions about Tuition Assistance after the enrollment period closes. If we have any funding awards that will become available during the year, we will make it available to our members who are active in the program.

Enrolling in School
Only apply for Tuition Assistance if you are ready to enroll in school. After you receive a funding award, you’ll have six months to register for your pre-requisite courses or a full calendar year (12 months) to enroll in a degree program. If you are unable to meet these deadlines, funding will be withdrawn and provided to another Member.

Requirements for Continued Funding
Once admitted to the Tuition Assistance program, you can receive funding through the completion of your prerequisite courses and/or approved degree program. Please discuss the continued funding requirements with your navigator.

Enrollment Period
The Training Fund continues to provide Tuition Assistance (TA) to more members than ever. The enrollment process allows the Training Fund to fairly manage disbursements of Tuition Assistance funds while serving the greatest number of members.

The Training Fund has one enrollment period for TA each year. October 15 is the deadline for enrollment. Applications are accepted year-round and will be reviewed for eligibility after the closing date of October 15. The enrollment process considers TA requests for individuals starting school in the upcoming calendar year. For example, if you want to be in school sometime in the calendar year of 2025 (January 2025 – December 2025) then you need to apply for TA by October 15, 2024.

Enrollment Process
Initial Round: Once the enrollment period is closed, the Training Fund begins the work of identifying the seniority of each member within their bargaining unit at their employer. Seniority is based on the collective bargaining contract language at each employer and is provided by them. Once seniority of the enrollees is established, the Training Fund provides the opportunity to receive TA to the members with the highest seniority. The number of people given TA in each employer bargaining unit is based on the amount of funding available for each employer bargaining unit.

Subsequent Rounds: There are members who receive the opportunity for TA in round one but choose not to accept the TA. Their circumstances have changed and they decline the TA. The initial round applicants have a limited amount of time in which to notify the Training Fund if they are choosing to accept or decline the TA. Once the Training Fund learns that a member is declining their TA, then the next highest seniority member on the list in their bargaining unit will be given the opportunity for TA.

The process of receiving “declines” from members and providing the opportunity to the next person on the enrollment seniority list continues until all funding for that bargaining unit is allocated. The process providing opportunities for each eligible member, until the funding is allocated, can take a few months.

If during the year additional funding becomes available funding awards allocations will be made for future terms funding.

Your Education Benefits, Your Future
The Training Fund offers many other education benefits that you can use almost immediately, including career counseling, tutoring, workshops, and professional development activities. Your navigator can give you more information about these benefits.

We are excited to partner with you as you pursue your education and career goals! If you have any questions not answered by the Tuition Assistance Frequently Asked Questions, please contact us at or (425) 255-0315.

No Medical Assistant Left Behind

Congratulations to our Medical Assistant apprentices, who all just passed the national Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exam

These 18 apprentices started the program with the Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium (HCAC) and Kaiser Permanente of Washington in September 2019. The apprentices are from Western Washington — from Kitsap to Issaquah and Olympia to Everett. They have been employed full-time by Kaiser Permanente and are paid for classroom and lab time (but not homework time). This is the gold standard for apprenticeship programs and makes the program especially suited for working adults, people with children, and anyone else who needs to have evenings and weekends free.

Dayna Jollimore is a single mom with three kids who is an MA apprentice. Before hearing about this apprenticeship program, Dayna was working at the Kaiser call center and looking at the Renton Technical College’s MA program, but the class schedule deterred her. “With the apprenticeship program, I’m still home every single night with my kids and I have the weekends with my kids… Financially [this program is] not a burden on me, which is really nice. There’s something new to learn every day, whether it’s in class or at the clinic,” Dayna said. 

Another MA apprentice, Daniel Floresca, said that he chose this apprenticeship program “because it provided me an opportunity to pursue my dream career while solving the question of how to pay for it.” Before this program, he was working a series of customer service jobs that culminated at the front desk for Kaiser Permanente. He wants to directly make a difference in the lives of patients. “I truly enjoyed being able to practice everything I was learning in class the week I learned it in an on-the-job setting. It is a lot of work, but the rewards are worth it.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring, the apprentices had to quickly adjust to online learning. By the summer, they were able to participate in special lab training sessions with strict safety protocols and full Personal Protective Equipment (gowns, face shields, gloves, masks, etc.). In August, the apprentices completed their classroom and lab work (also called Related Supplemental Instruction in apprenticeship programs). 

The apprentices worked hard to prepare for the three-hour national exam on August 31. Their motto was “No MA left behind” — they studied together and worked with the Training Fund’s Regional Education Navigators to schedule tutoring sessions. (Tutoring is one of the Training Fund’s services provided to members and to HCAC apprentices). The apprentices’ efforts paid off when all of them passed the exam! A 100 percent pass rate is very unusual!

Within a month or two the apprentices will also complete their on-the-job learning & competency practices. After graduation, they’ll receive their Medical Assistant-Certified (MA-C) license from Washington State and start their full-time jobs with Kaiser Permanente of Washington. 

“Kaiser Permanente is proud to participate in the nation’s first Multi-Employer, Multi-Union Apprenticeship Program as a way to impact the future workforce in Healthcare. As a leading healthcare provider in Washington state and across the country, we are committed to offering economic opportunity to those in our local communities. By providing the space to earn and learn simultaneously, we’re well-positioned to develop medical assistants that will make a difference in providing excellent service to our members, the patients we serve, and our community as a whole.” – Susan Mullaney, President, Kaiser Permanente Foundation of Washington

The Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium is open to all healthcare employers in Washington and is preparing additional apprenticeship programs for Medical Assistants, Sterile Processing Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians, and Certified Nursing Assistants. The Consortium works with employers to create apprenticeship programs that work for them — in the occupations identified above or a different one. The Consortium is the solution to recruit and train healthcare employees.

The Healthcare Apprenticeship Consortium is sponsored by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund. The Consortium is a Washington State-registered Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee whose membership includes partners from healthcare employers, labor unions, and Washington State. 

Visit healthcareapprenticeship.org to learn more.