Healthcare Career Pathways



Health care is one of the largest employment sectors in the state. The need for well-trained health care workers is expected to remain strong for years.  According to a new study by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, the following occupations are in demand: registered nurses, personal and home care aides, home health aides, medical scientists, and medical secretaries. SkillUp and its partners are creating career opportunities in the sector to provide employers with a strong talent pool and help workers prepare for sustainable careers.

Home Health Aides
    • SEIU 775 Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership program will create and implement 1-year training apprenticeship program to help home health aides obtain state certification and raise the quality and composition for homecare workers.
High-Demand Health Care Careers
  • SEIU1199 Multi-Employer Training Fund will help incumbent hospital workers move into high-demand, higher-paying healthcare careers. 
  • SkillUp will lead a committee that will explore healthcare apprenticeship training in high-demand healthcare occupations, with the long-term goal of developing a statewide plan for healthcare apprenticeship.  Planning committee members include the Washington State Apprenticeship & Training Council, SEIU 775 Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership, the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the federal representative for apprenticeship for our region and other healthcare industry representatives.

Medical Assistants

  • SkillUp, as part of the College for Working Adults initiative,  funds a 69-credit Medical Assistant Certificate program at North Seattle Community College that articulates to a 94-credit AAS degree.  This new approach compresses instruction into 5 quarters with a one-quarter externship.  Each quarter consists of a 12-credit program led by one instructor and focuses on a series of individual program competencies. North's first cohort just graduated June 17, 2011. A latest cohort graduated in Winter 2012.

Employer Partners

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Swedish Hospital
  • Washington Hand Surgery 
  • Health Point Tukwila

Latest Research

  • Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA) Case Study

    This case study features the Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA), which is located on South Seattle College’s Georgetown campus, an institution that builds strong collaborations among employers, labor, union, community-based organizations and governmental institutions. The IMA program is a testament to the combined efforts of the Seattle College District and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. Both organizations have worked diligently, in partnership with many others, to ensure that the King County region has access to a skilled manufacturing labor force. The economic health of this region depends on it.

    Download the entire IMA case study: IMA Case Study

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