Important update on Tuition Assistance benefit for Service/Maintenance, LPN and Non-Profs

Deadlines for Tuition Assistance applications in 2019 are: April 2, 2019 and October 1, 2019.
The process for determining funding slots is outlined below:

Available Tuition Assistance slots will be allocated between employers proportionate to the percentage of eligible members;

  • When the applications are considered, selection of applicants will be made based on eligibility and seniority at each employer;
  • The Training Fund will verify seniority with your employer’s Human Resources department;
  • Upon verification of seniority by your employer, we will reach out to you to advise you of your position on the waitlist;
  • The benefit amount for Service/Maintenance, LPN and Non-Professional Members in 2019 is $3500 based on Full Time Equivalency (FTE).

Note: Those already enrolled in a qualified program through the Training Fund will maintain their current funding level as long as they do not miss more than 1 term in their approved schedule. 

Don’t forget, you also have access to a variety of Education Services benefits including:

  • Assessment, Navigation & Career Counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Funding for professional development activities and Continuing Education Units
  • Access to workshops and programs like basic computers and English Language Learner (ELL)
  • EVS CHEST program (for Swedish Medical Center members)

To get on the waitlist for Tuition Assistance funding, please complete our application. If you have any questions, please contact the Training Fund office at (425) 255-0315.

Message from the Executive Director

Dear Members,
Welcome to 2018! We are excited to start another year of providing education benefits and services to assist you in reaching your career goals. 
First, I want to extend a very warm welcome to our members at PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Bellingham and MultiCare’s Valley and Deaconess Hospitals in Spokane who joined the Training Fund as of January 1, 2018. Over 1,900 new members will now have access to the education benefits provided through the Training Fund. We are so happy to partner with you in your career pursuits!
The Training Fund now has more than 14,300 SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members eligible for Training Fund benefits across Washington State. Last year we served over 2,300 people through tuition assistance, tutoring, academic support workshops, professional development, stipends, English language and more. 
Here are some highlights and reminders of what’s available to you in 2018 as a member of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and part of the Training Fund:
– Tuition Assistance – 2018 maximum of $5,250 (levels are set annually by our Board of Trustees);
– We are excited to run two RN-BSN cohorts this year, supporting nurses to achieve this educational milestone. Contact Vernon Brown at  if you are interested in learning more;
– Aspiring nurses can sharpen their writing skills at our new Personal Statement workshop. If you are planning to apply to a nursing program, this workshop may help you get over that Personal Statement hurdle;
– Our Education Navigators stand ready to support your journey through higher education, demystifying the admissions, registration and credentialing process. We now have Education Navigators in both Bellingham and Spokane to serve our new members in those locations;
– Have you completed your degree or certificate and are ready to look for a job in your new area of expertise? We have Employment Specialist services ready to guide you through the resume and interviewing stages. Reach out to Christy Hammrich at  to set up a resume review or interview prep appointment; 
– In 2017, we launched our first Training Fund newsletter. Be on the lookout each quarter for a newsletter highlighting our incredible members, dedicated staff, helpful tips, and other information about Training Fund benefits and services.
I’m so proud of the work we do and so very proud of you, our members. We know the journey to your educational goals can be long. It takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice to fit in school and focus on your development. But we know you can do it and thousands of you have! We can’t wait to support you on this journey and celebrate your successes. Here’s to ongoing, life-long learning and growing your skills and talents for your future! 
We wish you all the best,
Wendy Price,
Executive Director

Training Fund Welcomes New PeaceHealth Members in 2018

Next year, the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund will begin providing benefits to over 900 members at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington.

At PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Training Fund benefits will be available for eligible members in the Service and Technical-Professional Bargaining Units.

New members can access benefits starting January 1, 2018.

2019 TEAS prep workshop dates announced

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Prep Workshop
TEAS is used as part of the admission process for many Nursing and Allied Health programs in our area. As of last year, an updated version of the TEAS test is being used. Please attend the Training Fund’s TEAS workshop that will go over the updated TEAS test and strategies to be successful. PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS WITH A MID-YEAR PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE SHOULD SIGN UP TO TAKE THE WORKSHOPS EARLY IN THE YEAR. STUDENTS WITH A PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE PRIOR TO MARCH SHOULD TAKE THE FALL WORKSHOP THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

Program Application Deadline TEAS Workshop Dates (pick 1) Option #1 Option #2
June – November 2019 Saturday, April 13, 2019
UW Medicine, Northwest Hospital
Room 735
1pm – 6pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Training Fund Renton Office
Room 330
1pm- 6pm

Click Here to Learn About the Workshop

Click Here to Register

Training Fund Welcomes New MultiCare Members

Next year, the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund will begin providing benefits to over 1,000 members at Deaconess and Valley Hospitals in Spokane, Washington.

On July 1, 2017, Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System officially acquired both hospitals from Community Health Systems based out of Tennessee. The Training Fund currently serves over 130 members at MultiCare’s Auburn Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital.

At Valley Hospital, Training Fund benefits will be available for eligible members in the Service/LPN, Professional-Technical, and RN Bargaining Units. At Deaconess Hospital, benefits will be available for eligible members of the Service/LPN and Professional-Technical Bargaining Units.

New members can access benefits starting January 1, 2018.