HEET Grant Funded Education Programs

Through state grant funding, we work with local colleges to create programs for working adults like you that offer unique opportunities and support towards your next career.

Nursing Pathways at Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College

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

Goal: To create inclusive, accessible nursing programs for healthcare workers.

  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.

Program details:

  • 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.

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

Click here to submit an interest form!

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Angelica Reveles, (360)685-3239,

Bellingham Technical College: David Davidson,

Whatcom Community College: Gina Ebbeling,

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

Become an LPN while working towards your nursing degree!

Are you a Medical Assistant or a pre-nursing student ready to earn your nursing degree? This LPN to BSN program is for frontline incumbent healthcare workers in the South Puget Sound.

Program Partners: This program is a partnership between Green River College (GRC), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW Local 21, Kaiser Permanente WA, MultiCare, and the Training Fund.

Eligibility: Training Fund Members and UFCW Local 21 members must earn their LPN at Green River College starting in Spring 2022 (see deadline below). Medical Assistants will earn prior learning credits (which lightens the course load).

Resources:

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

Deadline: Apply for the Spring 2022 (Apr) cohort by 01 March 2022.

Click here to submit an interest form!

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Joshua Porter, .

Worker-Friendly Surgical Tech AA at Renton Technical College

Surgical technician is an upcoming, sustainable, and high-paying option for those who are looking for non-nursing career paths.

Program Partners:  This program is a partnership between Renton Technical College (RTC), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Kaiser Permanente WA, VMFH-St. Anne (UWMC- VMC), and the Training Fund.

The Surgical Technician Associate of Applied Science Transfer degree is adapted from the existing Surgical Tech program. Over 80% of RTC’s Surgical Tech program graduates secure a surgical tech job upon graduation.

Eligibility:

  • The program is for incumbent healthcare workers.
  • Prerequisite classes are required.

Resources:

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

Click here to submit an interest form!

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

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Melanie Felix-Bermudez, .

Nursing Specialty Residency & Cath Lab Pathway at Seattle Central College

Cardiac Catherization Laboratory (Cath Lab) nursing is a growing area of specialization that combines exciting opportunities with increased pay.

Program Partners: This program is a partnership between Seattle Central College, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, St. Anne, SMC, and the Training Fund, and it  aims to address the shortage of Cath Lab nurses in WA.

Current RN’s can join a residency at St. Anne’s Hospital to earn Cath Lab specialization.

Eligibility: Pre-nursing students interested in a Cath Lab career can apply to Seattle Central College’s hybrid Associate Degree in Nursing program to work toward a Cath Lab residency.

Resources: 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

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Cindy Holland, .

Equity and Access for Pre-nursing and Nursing at Highline College

This innovative program tackles disparities in the nursing field, and provides knowledge and skills to promote equity and access.

Program Partners: This program is a partnership between Highline Community College, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, VMFH-St. Anne, and the Training Fund, and it aims to address equity challenges in nursing education.

Goals: 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” equips students with the skills to comprehend and confront the challenges of nursing school.

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

Resources:

  • Training Fund members can 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

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Cindy Holland, .

Evergreen Nursing Pathway at Bellevue College

Bellevue College is creating educational maps to help future nursing students succeed and thrive! This part-time RN program is designed for working adult students.

Program Partners: This program is a partnership between Bellevue College, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, EvergreenHealth, and the Training Fund, and it aims to enable SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members to attend nursing school.

Eligibility & SEIU 1199NW members working at EvergreenHealth who are interested in pursuing a nursing career should apply now for education and career navigation through this special grant (contact this program’s Navigator).

Resources: Members can access personal support and navigation from a Training Fund Regional Education Navigator for help with exploring funding, classes, programs and more!

Deadline: Students who completed prerequisites can apply for the Bellevue College (full time) Fall 2022 ADN cohort from 08 March – 12 April 2022.

Click here to submit an interest form!

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

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Melanie Bermudez-Felix, .

Nursing Prerequisites and Resiliency Seminars at Shoreline College

This one-credit seminar program is designed for busy healthcare workers, and sets up students for success in nursing!

Program Partners: This program is a partnership between Seattle Central College, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UW-NWH/clinics, Swedish (and Edmonds),  and the Training Fund. It aims to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nursing program.

Program Features:

  • Shoreline has adapted two of its required nursing prerequisite classes to better focus on healthcare (Statistics and English 101, with a special focus on nursing)
  • This course can be completed online or in hybrid (in-person) format.

Resources: 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

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Angelica Reveles, .

Part-Time LPN-RN Program at Pierce College

Pierce College’s part-time LPN to RN program allows you to prepare for a successful career in nursing while working your current job! This part-time program prepares pre-nursing students for success, is geared toward adult learners, and flexible to address diverse needs.

Program Partners: This program is a partnership between Pierce College, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, MultiCare, and the Training Fund. 

Timeline: Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are now closed. For interest in a future cohorts or connecting to other resources, please apply to the Training Fund today and contact Regional Education Navigator, Joshua Porter.

Click here to submit an interest form!

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

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education Navigator: Joshua Porter, .

What is HEET?

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.

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 enable our members to achieve their education and career goals.

The Process

Community and technical colleges apply for HEET grants and develop proposals for funding. In order to access HEET funding, colleges must collaborate with at least one healthcare employer and one labor partner – and this is where the Training Fund comes in!

The Training Fund has been collaborating with local colleges and union employers for over 10 years to train, educate and support our union members. HEET promotes education pathways that are designed for busy healthcare workers.

Resources: 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!

Contact your Regional Education Navigator to learn more (each HEET program has an assigned Navigator – click the programs above to learn more).

The Purpose:

HEET Grants seek to:

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

 

Past HEET Education Program Archives

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

This HEET 13 program began in 2019 to help members in Eastern Washington earn 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 Training Fund – Regional Education 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.

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education 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.

Contact us to learn more:

SEIU 1199NW Training Fund – Regional Education 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.