Welcome to the Training Fund, Neighborcare!

Welcome to the Training Fund, Neighborcare!

Welcome to our new members from Neighborcare Health!  You will be eligible for our programs and services beginning September 1, 2022.

We offer education and career advancement programs so that you can develop your skills, advance your career, and improve your professional opportunities. After September 1, please fill out our online member application to access available academic and career navigation services.

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

These programs and services are available to you after you have been employed by Neighborcare for three months:

Tuition Assistance

Once you have worked at Neighborcare 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 regional colleges and universities. But even if you have not yet worked at Neighborcare for one year, please contact us to explore academic support and resources, career planning, and how we can help you reach your goals.

  • Tuition Assistance application window: September 1 – October 15 (to cover school beginning January 2023 or later)
  • We accept applications year-round and award Tuition Assistance after October 15. We encourage members to contact us early to work with a Training Fund Navigator on your education plan.
  • 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.

Learn About Your Benefits!

Please contact the Training Fund’s Partner Liaison for Neighborcare, Elena Bernardi, to learn more about our programs and services:

Already enrolled in a tuition-assistance program and need to get transferred to the Training Fund? Please complete a Member Application form and connect with us to learn more about next steps.

For a while, I was a single mom, I was in an abusive relationship and I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life and I was unsure about the future. After I left the situation I was in, I was totally lost; I had no education and no hope, I was utterly terrified in the world with three small children to support.

I met my now husband when I was 31. He helped put me through MA school so that if anything were to ever happen to him, I would have a future for myself and my children. As we have built a life together, I have realized that an education was always going be put on the back burner due to having kids, and having responsibilities outside of work; I became comfortable in my position as an MA. I never thought that being an RN would be feasible or within my grasp because of not being able to pay for it, or finding the time for school, or even having the emotional capability of doing so. So when we fought for our Training Fund, I did not think that it would benefit me because I had so many other things on my plate. Because we have a strong union at Neighborcare we were able to win the Training Fund for our medical assistants in our new contract. This is life changing for me–I now see that an education is within my grasp.

I now have the opportunity to further my career, to build more stability, but most of all, to show my children that it’s never too late to become what you want, to aspire to be more.  From my personal experience, I’m not only lifting myself up, but I am also showing my daughters that generational poverty doesn’t have to be a cultural norm and that financial stability and self-worth are achievable. I am showing all of my children that it’s never too late to dream.

Kristin Ortega

MA, High Point Clinic

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 the Training Fund office (425-255-0315) or email us.

Tuition Assistance deadline is October 15!

Tuition Assistance deadline is October 15!

The Training Fund is proud to offer our members the opportunity to apply for Tuition Assistance (TA), which can cover school-related costs like tuition, books, and other fees for approved programs at accredited and approved schools.

The deadline for applying for Tuition Assistance for courses beginning January 2023 or later is October 15, 2022.

We encourage you to apply early to receive expert guidance and support from our trained Navigators!

You do not have to be admitted into a program or know exactly what you want to do before applying for Tuition Assistance. Our Navigators will work with you to make a plan no matter where you are in your academic or career journey.   

For Service bargaining unit members, the current maximum amount for TA has been set at $3,500.
For RN and Professional/Technical bargaining unit members, the current maximum has been set at $5,250.
The TA benefit is based on your FTE. 

Tuition Assistance Snapshot: In 2021, 1,061 members used Tuition Assistance to support their education goals. Maximum TA amounts are: $3,500 for Service Bargaining Unit members, and $5,250 for Pro/Tech and RN Bargaining Unit members.
To apply for Tuition Assistance: 
  1. Complete a Training Fund member application to get connected with an Intake Coordinator and Resource Specialist, who will assign you an Education Navigator
  2. Work with your Navigator on an education plan and resources while Tuition Assistance spots are allocated
  3. Register for classes and submit your request for funding if you qualify for Tuition Assistance
  4. Explore other benefits such as career counseling and tutoring with your Navigator
Learn more at an upcoming info session: 

“My Training Fund Navigator was really great at counseling me. He walked me through the whole process….applying to the Training Fund, qualifying for Tuition Assistance, and then sending me resources for scholarships to keep my costs as minimal as possible. When I was unsure about things, he would reach out on my behalf to help me navigate. He definitely went above and beyond!” 

Paisha Andersen

Nursing Assistant , MultiCare Deaconess

Welcome to the Training Fund, St. Peter members!

Welcome to the Training Fund, St. Peter members!

Welcome to our new members from Providence St. Peter Hospital! You will be eligible for our programs and services beginning September 1, 2022.

We offer education and career advancement programs so that you can develop your skills, advance your career, and improve your professional opportunities. After September 1, please fill out our online member application to access available academic and career navigation services.

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

These programs and services are available to you after you have been employed by St. Peter for three months:

Tuition Assistance

Once you have worked at St. Peter 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 regional colleges and universities. But even if you have not yet worked at St. Peter for one year, please contact us to explore academic support and resources, career planning, and how we can help you reach your goals.

  • Tuition Assistance application window: September 1 – October 15 (to cover school beginning January 2023 or later)
  • We accept applications year-round and award Tuition Assistance after October 15. We encourage members to contact us early to work with a Training Fund Navigator on your education plan.
  • 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.

Learn About Your Benefits!

Please contact the Training Fund’s Partner Liaison for St. Peter, Elena Bernardi, to learn more about our programs and services.

Already enrolled in a tuition-assistance program and need to get transferred to the Training Fund? Please complete a Member Application form and connect with us to learn more about next steps.

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 the Training Fund office (425-255-0315) or email us.

“The training fund is here! For more than a decade we’ve been pushing Providence to join and with this great win we now have access to the great wrap around services our health career fund has to offer.  This good news means workers who might be struggling financially wont be stopped by the cost of educational and career advancement. This helps recruitment and retention and establishes an internal pipeline to help fill positions.  This has been a long time coming and is a real game changer for folks here at St. Pete’s.”
Desmond Ellis

Pro/Tech Conference Travel Funding Award deadline is September 1

Pro/Tech Conference Travel Funding Award deadline is September 1

The Pro/Tech Conference Travel Funding Award application deadline is right around the corner!

Did you know that we provide our Professional and Technical members with up to $1,500 per year (in reimbursements) to attend local and national conferences?*

Apply before Thursday, September 1 for any conferences that you plan to attend through December 2022, as well as conferences in 2023.

Use your benefits now!

These benefits enable you to attend conferences, advance your career, and minimize personal out-of-pocket costs.

Here’s how it works:

  • Pro/Tech Conference funding can cover the cost of travel (hotel, transportation expenses, etc.) and registration fees.
  • Pro/Tech Professional Development benefits can cover the cost of attending a conference, e.g., registration fees.
  • Both benefits require members to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The deadline to apply for a Pro/Tech Conference Travel Funding Award is Thursday, September 1.**

Apply today!

*Applications must be submitted before the conference.

**For conferences between September 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

RN Priority Tuition Assistance enrollment

RN Priority Tuition Assistance enrollment

We have exciting news for members in the RN to BSN program, which is a partnership between the Training Fund and Bellevue College!  

If you are a Training Fund member who has: (a) been with your current employer for more than one year AND (b) also been accepted into Bellevue College’s RN to BSN program, you are now eligible for Tuition Assistance Priority Enrollment.  

This means that you can apply for Tuition Assistance at any time, and do not need to wait for the annual deadline.  

Bellevue College’s nationally accredited RN to BSN program is a flexible and hybrid program that is especially designed for working nurses. The total program cost – including application fees, tuition, and books – is approximately $10,500.  

 

Your Training Fund Tuition Assistance benefit may cover the entire cost for RN members! 

So don’t delay: if you meet these criteria, apply for Tuition Assistance today! 

Our members say it best:

“The Training Fund is awesome! They helped me with tuition. I got accepted into the RN to BSN program at Bellevue College.

Fill out your application, submit your stuff, and it’s easy to enroll in the program. I cannot believe you guys did this for us. And that’s fantastic!” 

Monica Clark, RN-BSN Cohort 2021 

Laptop Lending Program for TF Members

Laptop Lending Program for TF Members

Need a laptop to complete your approved Training Fund program?

 

It’s on us!

As part of the Training Fund’s commitment to provide our members with digital access, we are partnering with Eduscape to provide laptops to members  who are currently enrolled in TF programs, beginning Apr 01, 2022.

This amazing resource is available to all Training Fund members free of charge, with no fees attached.

Simply request your Chromebook through us, and Eduscape will ship your device directly to you.

The Process:

Click here to request a Chromebook laptop if you are:

  • a Training Fund member
  • and currently enrolled in a Training Fund educational or professional development program

You can keep the laptop for the entire duration of the educational/professional development program, and in line with approved use and eligibility parameters.

At the conclusion of the program, the laptop will need to be returned to Eduscape.

Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to help you achieve your career and educational goals!

FAQs

How do I request a laptop through the Laptop Lending Program?

It’s easy – please fill out this form to request a laptop. 

Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Training Fund educational or professional development program to qualify for this resource. Laptop usage must  also be in line with approved use and eligibility parameters for the Training Fund.

What is included in the Laptop Lending Program?

This program provides participants with:

  • A laptop: Eduscape will ship you a Chromebook, with pre-installed software applications. 
  • Google and Microsoft Products: The laptop will be pre-installed and able to access Google products (e.g., Drive, Sheets, etc.). You will also be assigned a Virtual Healthcare Institute email, which provides access to web versions of MS Word and Excel.  
  • Tech support & customer service: Eduscape will offer support services directly to members.
How much does it cost to use this program?

Nothing! This program is free for Training Fund members who are currently enrolled in a Training Fund program. 

This is part of our commitment to provide our members with digital access, and enable you to achieve your educational and professional development goals.

I just requested my laptop using the online form. What happens next?

If your request is approved, our program partner Eduscape will ship the laptop and its accessories directly to the mailing address that you provided. 

Please note: The Training Fund will not be shipping you any equipment.

I requested my laptop through this program, but it has been delayed / not yet arrived.

All program equipment is directly shipped to you by our program partner Eduscape. Please contact Eduscape support for details about your order.

My laptop is damaged, broken, and/or doesn’t work.

All program equipment is directly supplied to you by our program partner Eduscape. Please contact Eduscape support for options on how to repair or replace your laptop.

I need help with the applications / software on my laptop.

All program equipment & pre-installed software is provided to you directly by our program partner Eduscape.

Eduscape offers tech support as part of this program. Please contact Eduscape support for assistance

I have completed my Training Fund program and need to return my laptop.

Please return your laptop directly to our program partner Eduscape. Contact Eduscape support for details. 

Please note: The Training Fund will not be receiving or returning your laptop for you. 

Have a question and don’t see it here?
Please contact us or call (425) 255-0315 for more information about the Laptop Lending Program.