North Seattle Community College (North) has received a Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) grant from the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to meet the growing demand for more well-trained healthcare workers in Washington. HEET is one of only five state-wide grants of its kind. North received $297,400 to help certified nursing assistants at Northwest Hospital become licensed practical nurses and, ultimately, registered nurses. The program provides a built-in exit point for those wishing to get a promotion as a clinical lab assistant.
The 2008 Legislature designated $1.5 million to SBCTC for labor, management and college partnerships to identify and fund innovative training programs leading to careers in nursing and other high-demand healthcare fields for current hospital workers. Of seven colleges that applied, five were chosen by the review team, which included representatives from Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Health Work Force Institute, The Center of Excellence for Allied Health, several colleges and SBCTC.
Dr. Robert Fineman, North's Dean for Health and Human Services, explained that "this grant will provide an outstanding opportunity for North Seattle Community College, Northwest Hospital, and SEIU to create a partnership that will positively affect the lives of a lot of people who desire to improve their knowledge and skills in the healthcare professions, and especially in the field of nursing. Other goals of this collaborative effort are to improve participant job satisfaction and wages and, of course, patient care."
[Original post: August 5th, 2008]