HEET Grant Projects

History

For over a decade the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has worked with the Washington Legislature to provide funding to help educate and train healthcare workers. This funding comes in the form of a grant titled Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) funding.

How?

Community and technical colleges apply for HEET grants and develop proposals for funding. To access HEET funding, colleges must collaborate with at least one healthcare employer and one labor partner. That’s where the Training Fund comes in!
The Training Fund has been collaborating with local colleges and our union employers for over 10 years to train, educate and support our union members. The program also promotes education pathways designed for busy healthcare workers. Members who participate in HEET programs may also be eligible for extra support from the Training Fund including tuition assistance, child care, transportation, money for books and supplies, and more!

Why?

The purpose of a HEET Grant is to:

  • Enhance access to college education for hospital workers.
  • Lead to increased capacity of the college system in nursing and other high demand healthcare fields.
  • Bring greater diversity to healthcare workforce.
  • Build strong labor/management, healthcare industry and college partnerships to leverage public and private investment.

What?

HEET Grants are used for curriculum development and modification, to fund equipment to train incumbent workers, create systems to grant credit for prior classes, to fund support for students, to create program recruitment and retention, to hold symposiums, and more!

Each year the Training Fund participates in multiple new and continuing HEET projects that lift up our members and bring their career goals within reach. Interested in participating in a HEET? Read more about this year’s HEET programs below!

Bellingham and Whatcom - Completing and Enhancing Nursing Pathways

Interested in a new healthcare career? This program can help you achieve your goals of becoming a NAC, PPN, RN or prepare to apply for a new BSN program. This is the second year the Training Fund has participated in this program.

HEET grant monies for this program can help fund:

  • Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) courses.
  • Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) in Acute Care courses.
  • Registered Nursing (RN) pre-requisites and program courses.
  • Practical Nursing Program pre-requisites and program courses.
  • Bachelor of Science – Nursing (BSN) pre-requisite courses.

HEET grants support tutoring, funding for books and fees, childcare, digital assistance, and travel assistance for eligible healthcare workers and caregivers, as funds allow.

This program is open to Training Fund members who are located near Bellingham and Whatcom.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Training Fund members can apply for the Training Fund for the 2021 school year. The deadline for Training Fund applications is October 15, so apply now!

Want more information? Feel free to reach out to us!

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund Navigator Angelica Reveles
(360)685-3239

Bellingham Technical College David Davidson

Whatcom Community College Jennifer Enger

This program is a partnership between Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Peacehealth Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, and the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund.

MA to LPN to RN with Green River and Pierce College

This HEET 13 Program allows Training Fund members and some UFCW 21 MAs to become a nurse on their schedule at local Pierce and south King County community colleges. This program creates a MA-C to LPN to RN pathway.

MA-Cs can earn a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and/or Registered Nurse (RN) on a steady, flexible part-time pathway designed for working professionals. HEET grants support tutoring, funding for books and fees, childcare, and travel assistance for eligible healthcare workers and caregivers, as funds allow. Training Fund members; applications are due October 15, so apply now!

MA-Cs can also earn a shortened NAC certification through this project.

The intent of the grant is to develop a more accessible pathway to earning a RN via an LPN. These evenings, hybrid cohorts will gain employer commitment and support. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and UFCW21 union members are eligible for the program.

This program is a partnership between Green River Community College, Pierce College, Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma Community College, SEIU 1199NW, UFCW 21, Kaiser Permanente of Washington, MultiCare and the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund, Allied Health Center of Excellence and Workforce Central.

Want more information? Feel free to reach out to us!

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund HEET Project Navigator Machelle Doolittle

Accelerated Pathways for Internationally-Educated Professionals

This HEET 13 program is a new proposal in its first year. The goal of this project is to address healthcare workforce shortages and skill gaps while increasing diversity by improving healthcare pathways for internationally educated workers.

The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center at Highline College in partnership with the Training Fund and union employers is developing an expedited system for career progression to help those trained internationally to earn their certifications.

Since this program is in its beginning stages, the Training Fund is looking to gather interest from members through a short survey – Coming soon!

This program is made possible thanks to a partnership between Highline College, the Welcome Back Center, Kaiser Permanente of Washington, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and SEIU 1199NW Multi Employer Training Fund.

Click here to apply to the Training Fund: https://www.tfaforms.com/4758273

Want more information? Feel free to reach out to us!

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund Navigator Cindy Holland

Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Inclusive and Accessible Nursing Pathway through COVID-19 and beyond

This HEET 13 program is in its second year and supports the implementation of a part-time, Saturday Registered Nursing (Associates Degree in Nursing) program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

The project includes a strong support structure for participants including navigation, tutoring, childcare, increased online learning, virtual simulation training, and other student supports through college-based and Training Fund resources. 

This ADN program is possible thanks to a partnership between Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kaiser Permanente of Washington, Swedish Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and the SEIU Healthcare 1199W Multi-Employer Training Fund.

Click here to apply to the Training Fund: https://www.tfaforms.com/4758273

Want more information? Feel free to reach out to us!

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund Navigator Charla Allen

Renton Technical College – Surgical Technician Training

This new HEET 13 program helps members interested in a Surgical Technician career join the program at Renton Technical College.

Training Fund members can start an exciting career as a Surgical Technician within two years of starting the program (after completing required pre-requisite classes). The first cohort will start in the Spring ’21 quarter, so those interested should begin pre-requisite classes in the fall of the 2020-21 school year. Those members who may have started these pre-requisites at RTC or another school can look into transferring credits for the program.

Local healthcare employers project a 7 to 10 percent growth in the Surgical Technician field by 2028. 

Renton Technical College has updated its Surgical Technician program for working students. 

— RTC has transitioned from a certification program to an associates of applied science program. 

— The program is transitioning to have more online and hybrid classes, including evening coursework. 

— RTC has reduced the credit requirements for quarter one, while still being a full-time program. 

— RTC is improving student support coordination.

HEET grants support tutoring, funding for books and fees, childcare, digital assistance, and travel assistance for eligible healthcare workers and caregivers, as funds allow. Training Fund applications are due October 15, so apply now!

Click here to apply to the Training Fund: https://www.tfaforms.com/4758273

Want more information? Feel free to reach out to us!

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund Navigator Christy Hammrich

Spokane Community College – Surgical Technician training to Meet Regional Workforce Demand

This is the last year for this HEET 13 program, which started in the summer of 2019, to help members in Eastern Washington earn their surgical tech certificates with weekend and hybrid courses. The part-time program included a dedicated Training Fund tutor and a licensed active Surg Tech who provided additional academic and practice support to the cohort. It also included HEET grant funded childcare reimbursement and a dedicated college-success navigator partnered with Training Fund navigators to problem-solve and improve persistence. There are two final members graduating from the program in the fall of 2020.

This is a great example of how HEET programs help our members achieve their education goals.

For more information on how the Training Fund can help you pursue a Surgical Tech degree or other programs at Spokane Community College, reach out to us!

SEIU 1199NW HEET Project Navigator Joshua Porter.

Debbie Toews

Debbie Toews

Food Service Worker, MultiCare Valley Hospital

“It has been 40 years since I was in a classroom, but all the support I received from the Training Fund and the college admissions office made the idea of going back to school feel much more possible.”