Apply for Pro/tech conferences – Funding for online conferences available!

Take a more holistic, educated approach to your career by attending an online or in-person educational conference. These conferences help members reach their goals and continue their education, creating a better work experience in the long run. Funding is available for conferences from the Training Fund.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this year’s conferences have either been canceled or moved to an online format, but members can still take advantage of funding to attend online conferences.

Your Training Fund provides professional and technical workers up to $1,500 per year (reimbursements) to attend local and national conferences. This award can reimburse members for reasonable airfare, transportation costs, hotel costs, and conference registration fees.

Funding requirements; 

  • One award per member per year.
  • Full-time members who have passed their probationary period by the time of the award.
  • The conference must be for the position/modality in which the member is currently working.
  • The conference must award continued education units (CEUs) relevant to their position.

Below are examples of conferences attended by Training Fund members using this funding:

  • Annual American Association for Respiratory Care Conference (AARC)
  • American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Annual Scientific Sessions
  • Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer Training/Course
  • Fetal and Women’s Imaging – Advanced OB/GYN Ultrasound Conference
  • Diagnostic Imaging by CME Science

Members must apply before attending a conference. Applications for conferences in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 are due by Sept. 1st. The next deadline will be Dec. 1st for 2020 and 2021 conferences.

To learn more about conference funding, and to apply for the award, visit our webpage.

How to create and use an electronic signature

As we have moved more processes and services online to better serve our members during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have switched to electronic signatures for Training Fund documents. To help you with this change, we’ve created a guide that describes the basic steps for creating and using an electronic signature.

This guide and other helpful tips are also available on our Help with Online Tools page.

If you have any questions about how to create or use your new e-signature after reading the guide, please reach out to us at or by using the “Live Chat” option on our website.

Read our Summer Newsletter

How does the Training Fund support racial equity? What adjustments have we made to support our members during the coronavirus pandemic? Read our Summer Newsletter to find out!

Also in the newsletter: updates from our community college partners, thank you’s from recent graduates, upcoming virtual workshops, an announcement about how we’re making our services more accessible, and a new employee spotlight.

Would you like to share your story for an upcoming newsletter? Contact us at  or 425-255-0315.

Summer Updates and Looking to Fall…from our Community College Partners

Edmonds Community College:

Summer classes are mostly online, with the exception of some of our hands-on professional programs such as LPN Nursing and Phlebotomy. Edmonds College is moving forward to fall assuming we will be able to offer classes on campus (and our offerings reflect this), with a mix of online, hybrid, and on-ground classes in the schedule. We stand ready to pivot to an all-online format should COVID-19 restrictions require it. Registration is open for both quarters now, and summer quarter starts July 1. We have been able to deploy loaner Chromebook laptops to any student who needs one, so don’t worry if you don’t have a computer, we’ve got you covered.

It’s not just our classes that have gone online, we’ve also transitioned our student services to an online format, so you can access advising, financial aid, and registration all without coming to campus. Go to edcc.edu for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Lake Washington Technical College:

The plan for instruction for summer term is Pharmacology lecture will be taught remotely and students will return to the nursing skills lab (N128) for face to face instruction. Students arriving to campus will be screened and checked in according to protocols to be set by the college. The college continues to use Zoom as the digital platform for lectures and remote education. The plans for fall include the same structure: theory taught remotely, students screened for on campus labs, and a return to clinical sites if permitted. If we are unable to access clinical sites or our skills lab we will be prepared to adjust to Virtual Simulation. Go to lwtech.edu for more information.

 

University of Washington:

Please check our website at UW Nursing for all updates. After June 25, University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce will make an announcement, and we will have more information then.

 

Whatcom College:

Whatcom Community College will begin summer classes on June 29th, with all classes instructed in an online format. Looking ahead to fall, we will be offering three types of instruction: Online, Web Meet and Hybrid. See our website at Whatcom College for updates.

ONLINE. The vast majority of fall sections will be asynchronous (lectures and activities aren’t “live,” but pre-recorded).

WEB MEET. A limited number of classes will be designated as Web Meet, to differentiate a fully online section that includes some amount of scheduled synchronous instruction. These classes will have regular meeting times where students utilize Zoom for instructional activities.

HYBRID. There will be a handful of classes which require hybrid options. Hybrid sections can include up to 50% of the class time as a face-to-face with the remaining instruction delivered online. Hybrid will only be used when a course requires instruction to be delivered in-person because of accreditation (example healthcare) or inability to create online instruction (example throwing pottery). Hybrid courses may also need to revert to Web Meet if the state returns to a stay-at-home directive.

 

North Seattle College:

A few weeks ago, a select few of our Allied Health programs at North Seattle College resumed limited face to face instruction to finish out the spring quarter. These included Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, EMT, and Pharmacy Technician. Several of these programs had difficulties securing externships under current conditions and alternative instruction had to take place when allowed under licensing requirements.

For the summer, Medical Assisting and EMT will continue to run, but with strict protocols in place to limit risk of exposure to COVID-19. In the future, we are also anticipating that Medical Assisting, EMT, and Pharmacy Technician programs will continue with new cohorts starting in the fall. Please see our website at North Seattle College for more information.

 

Seattle Central College: 

All the Healthcare Programs will be running during Summer Quarter 2020 to make up their clinical hours that were lost during Spring Quarter 2020. Some of the programs will be utilizing Fridays as a means to maximize their ability to make up the clinical hours, which during a normal Summer Quarter they would not be operating on Fridays.

As for Fall Quarter 2020, we are planning on providing everything in a hybrid modality just in case of another peak in infection during the months of October and November. We will be only coming face-to-face for clinical/laboratory training with all the didactics online. This will allow us some flexibility to maintain stability if another quarantine is enforced during Fall Quarter 2020.

During both Fall and Summer Quarters 2020, we will be following strict protocols for reducing the likelihood of spreading infection through the use of infection control procedures and eliminating any circumstances that require/result in clustering/gathering. Please visit our website at Seattle Central College for more.

 

Bellevue College

Bellevue College nursing is continuing with classes provided remotely, both synchronously and asynchronously. The RN-BSN Program is continuing to be offered in the hybrid model and all synchronous class periods are held on Fridays.

The ADN Program continues with enrolling new cohorts of full-time and part-time students. Currently students have limited access to clinical experiences in the acute care setting, however, we are meeting all of the nursing commission and national accreditation requirements with virtual simulation and direct patient care.

For more information, please visit our website at Bellevue College.

 

Virtual Interview Tips

Do you have a virtual interview for a job or school? Here are a few tips that our navigators put together to help you prepare.

Before the interview:

  • Get familiar with the virtual platform BEFORE your interview
    • Review how to use Zoom/join the meeting
    • Know where the mute button is (use the microphone icon to turn mute on and off)
    • Know how to hide your video (in Zoom, hover your mouse in your own picture/video box, look next to “…”, and click on “hide myself”) — everyone else can still see you but you don’t have to look at yourself
    • Learn how to use a virtual background in Zoom
  • Be sure the area you are in is distraction-free
    • Check your surroundings to make sure your background is clear of pets, family, windows, TV, items on counters, etc.
  • Get your device (computer, phone, tablet) ready
    • Close any other open programs on the device you are using
    • Raise your device to eye-level and check for glare or reflections
    • Know where to look and focus your eyes; use a post-it by your camera to remind you where to look
  • Prepare for the interview
    • Do your research about the position and company (or school) before your interview
    • Be prepared to answer common interview questions
    • Write down your questions and answers to common questions so you have a resource to use while interviewing; place them near your device so that you can see them but the interviewer(s) cannot
    • PRACTICE with friends or family

During the interview:

  • RELAX: take a deep breath before you start your interview
  • BE ON TIME: the standard for this type of meeting is 2-3 minutes early, not more
  • Do not look at yourself; use hide self (see above) or move your eyes like you are in an in-person interview
  • Posture is extremely important for how you will look while on camera; sit up straight, try not to use your hands, try not to fidget/move your chair/spin around
  • Wear color, not white or off-white/cream
  • Wait for the other person to finish speaking before you reply
  • Speak clearly
  • If you didn’t hear a question or don’t understand the question asked, ask for clarification
  • Don’t wear a mask
  • Remember this is an interview and you want to present your most professional self
  • Remember that they CAN SEE YOU

After the interview:

  • Send a thank-you note or email

QUESTIONS??

Connect with your Training Fund Navigator. Not sure who your Navigator is? Call 425.255.0315 for help.

Language translation and other ways we’re making it easier for members to access services

We are always thinking about ways to make it easier to access our services for members who are English Language Learners and those who have other accessibility issues.

Today, we are excited to announce a new website translation feature! The content on our website can now be translated into five languages: Amharic, Filipino, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese. We chose these languages because they are the most common languages (besides English) that our members speak. Just look in the top right corner of any page on our website and you’ll see the dropdown menu to choose a language. 

Looking ahead, we are working closely with our partners to determine the language needs of our members and considering adding other languages. We are also looking at options that allow our members to utilize language translation services on phone and video calls with our education navigators. 

Another update that is coming soon is a simplified version of the Training Fund application for English Language Learners and people with disabilities. This will help members who have challenges filling out our current membership application. 

For any members who need help filling out online forms, uploading documents, or accessing videoconferencing for workshops or events, we created a Help with Online Tools page full of tips, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions. We also offer Basic Computer and English Language Learner classes and tutoring (more information near the bottom of our Academic Support & Workshops page). As more and more information and interactions move online, we are committed to helping our members achieve digital equity.

Do you have a suggestion for how we can make our services more accessible? Please contact our office at or 425-255-0315.