HEET Grant Funded Education Programs

We’re working with local colleges to create programs for working adults like you! These programs offer unique opportunities and support towards your next career thanks to state grant funding. Read about this year’s programs below.

Nursing Pathways at Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College

Bellingham Technical College (BTC) and Whatcom Community College (WCC) partnered with the Training Fund to create inclusive, accessible nursing programs for healthcare workers.

This program is for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Employees interested in nursing, pre-nursing students, or nursing students interested in attending classes at BTC or WCC. Students can attend either school for nursing prerequisite classes. WCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program has Fall and Spring cohorts. BTC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program is full-time or part-time.

Our program partners hope to …

  1. Increase incumbent workers’ access to local nursing programs.
  2. Strengthen existing curriculum with new culturally-sensitive and behavioral health information.
  3. Provide ongoing support to students enrolled at either college.

Training Fund members can apply for tuition assistance, childcare funding, transportation funding, tutoring and more!

Click here to submit an interest form!

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 Gina Ebbeling

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.

Part-Time LPN & LPN-BSN Pathway at Green River College

Are you a Medical Assistant or a pre-nursing student ready to earn your nursing degree? Maybe nursing school isn’t feasible right now. Then don’t miss this opportunity! Become an LPN while working towards your nursing degree.

Green River College (GRC) partnered with the Training Fund, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and UFCW Local 21 to develop an LPN to BSN program for frontline incumbent healthcare workers in the South Puget Sound.

To become eligible for the LPN to BSN program, Training Fund Members and UFCW Local 21 members are encouraged to earn their LPN at Green River College starting in Spring 2022. Medical Assistants will earn prior learning credits (which lightens the course load).

Training Fund and UFCW Local 21 members will have career navigation support. Training Fund members can apply for tuition assistance, child care funding, transportation funding, tutoring and more!

The deadline to apply for Green River College’s Spring 2022 cohort is December 2021.

Click here to submit an interest form!

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

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund Regional Education Navigator Joshua Porter
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Worker-Friendly Surgical Tech AA at Renton Technical College

Looking for a healthcare career outside of nursing? Being a surgical technician is an interesting career that pays well! Surgical Tech is a long-lasting career that is growing in demand.

Renton Technical College (RTC) partnered with the Training Fund and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and changed its Surgical Tech program so that students can earn a Surgical Technician Associate of Applied Science-Transfer degree. Over 80 percent of RTC’s Surgical Tech program graduates find a surgical tech job upon graduation. The program is for incumbent healthcare workers.

Prerequisite classes are required. Training Fund members can apply for tuition assistance, child care support, transportation support, tutoring and more! All Training Fund members will receive education navigation during the program.

Click here to submit an interest form!

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 Regional Education Navigator Melanie Felix-Bermudez
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Nursing Specialty Residency & Cath Lab Pathway at Seattle Central College

Want to do something different with your career? There is an urgent need for nurses like YOU to become specialized in Cardiac Catherization Laboratory (Cath Lab). Cath Lab is an interesting career that comes with additional pay.

Seattle Central College partnered with the Training Fund and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW to create a program to address Washington’s shortage of Cath Lab nurses. Current RN’s can join a residency at St. Anne’s Hospital to become specialized. Pre-nursing students interested in a Cath Lab career should apply to Seattle Central College’s hybrid Associate Degree in Nursing program to work towards a Cath Lab residency.

Training Fund members can apply for childcare and transportation support, tuition assistance, tutoring and more!

Click here to submit an interest form!

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 Regional Education Navigator Cindy Holland
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Equity and Access for Pre-nursing and Nursing at Highline College

Feeling pushed out of nursing? Let us help you find success and jumpstart your career!

Highline Community College partnered with the Training Fund and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW to address equity challenges in nursing education. To create a more diverse nursing field, Highline is working to simplify and improve nursing advising, create a worker-friendly schedule, and prioritize incumbent workers for enrollment. A new “success class” will teach students about the challenges of nursing school and how to face them head on.

Training Fund members are encouraged to apply to Highline College to earn their prerequisites or to join the college’s nursing program.

Training Fund members will receive ongoing support and navigation. Members can apply for childcare funding, transportation funding, technology funding, and tuition assistance.

Click here to submit an interest form!

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 Regional Education Navigator Cindy Holland
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Evergreen Nursing Pathway at Bellevue College

The Training Fund partnered with Bellevue College and EvergreenHealth to provide SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members with the support they need to attend nursing school.

We are here to guide you! Take advantage of these opportunities for a nursing degree. This part-time RN program was designed for working adult students like you.

SEIU 199NW members working at EvergreenHealth who are interested in pursuing a nursing career should apply by February 2022.

Members will receive personal support and navigation from Training Fund Regional Education Navigator Melanie Bermudez-Felix. Our Regional Education Navigators are experts who guide students from application to graduation. Let us help you learn about funding, classes, programs and more!

Bellevue College is creating educational maps for future nursing students to help them find success! Take advantage of this opportunity now!

Click here to submit an interest form!

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 Regional Education Navigator Melanie Bermudez-Felix 
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Nursing Prerequisites and Resiliency Seminars at Shoreline College

We need more people like YOU in nursing! Shoreline Community College partnered with the Training Fund and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW to create more diversity, equity, and inclusion in its nursing program.

This program was designed with busy healthcare workers in mind. Join Shoreline’s one-credit seminar that sets up students for success in nursing. Take online or hybrid classes. Shoreline transformed two of its required nursing prerequisite classes to better focus on healthcare. Take Statistics and English 101 with a special focus on nursing, in-person or online.

Training Fund Members can apply for tuition assistance, childcare funding, transportation funding, tutoring and more.

Click here to submit an interest form!

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 Regional Education Navigator Angelica Reveles. 
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Part-Time LPN-RN Program at Pierce College

Want to move into nursing while keeping your current job? Join Pierce College’s popular LPN to RN program!

Pierce College has a part-time LPN to RN program that is even more popular than the full-time program. Pierce College partnered with the Training Fund and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW to make the part-time program more responsive to adult learners, more flexible for a diversity of needs, and to better prepare pre-nursing students for success.

Applications for the upcoming cohort are due by February 2022. Apply today and contact Regional Education Navigator Joshua Porter at to learn more!

Click here to submit an interest form!

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 Regional Education Navigator Josh Porter

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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!

Past HEET Education Program Archives

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

This HEET 13 program was started in 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

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

This HEET 13 program supported the implementation of a part-time, Saturday Registered Nursing (Associates Degree in Nursing) program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

The project included 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 was 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.

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

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

Accelerated Pathways for Internationally-Educated Professionals

This HEET 13 program was 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.

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

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund Navigator Cindy Holland —

 

HEET can help you achieve your career dreams

“My grandmother was a registered nurse, she was a military nurse. When I was a young girl I always wanted to be like my grandma. So just don’t give up on that hope or that dream. I was grateful and thankful that I could finally, after 26 years of being an LPN, get my RN degree.”

Monica Clark, Kaiser Permanente of Washington Bellevue Campus Registered Nurse
Monica graduated with her RN degree after participating in the Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Inclusive and Accessible Nursing Pathway HEET program.