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Education Fund


The SEIU UHW-WEST & JOINT EMPLOYER EDUCATION FUND provides opportunities for eligible healthcare employees to improve their skills, move up the career ladder and make a better life for themselves and their families. The Education Fund has three primary purposes:

  • To provide education and training opportunities for healthcare workers.
  • To enhance career advancement and employment security for healthcare workers.
  • To contribute to an increasingly excellent standard of patient care.

Ed Fund Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for services, you must:  Work in a participating SEIU bargaining unit position for which for a contributing employer.

You must have completed your initial probationary period.

You must be a regular full or part-time employee who is eligible for benefits.  (Non-benefited employees, per diems and on-call are eligible for career counseling and career workshops).

Specific classes or programs may have additional eligibility requirements

Where does the funding for the Ed Fund come from?

Our funding comes almost entirely from employer contributions, along with some federal, state and local grants to our sister agency, the Shirley Ware Education Center (SWEC).  Employers are required to pay into the Education Fund through their contracts with your union.  The Ed Fund does NOT receive union dues money.

How can the Ed Fund help to pay for my education?

We have a variety of programs to offer you, depending on where you are in your career path.  Visit the Education Fund web site to get a snapshot of what is available to you.

Questions? Contact Dustin Rains, Program Coordinator. Email: drains@seiu-uhweduc.org  Call/Text: 702 338 1497

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