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

  • Hospital Frontline Worker Green Training Project

    Great things happen when frontline workers become a more integrated part of hospital care teams and work hand in hand with labor-management to design “green” projects and take a lead in the their implementation. 

    The Seattle-based Frontline Workers Green Training Projects is a SkillUp funded case study surrounding labor/management partners engaging frontline workers to lead hospital environmental sustainability efforts, supporting: people (patients, workers, the community)the planet (the environment); and profits (costs).

    Download the report:  Frontline Workers Green Training Project.pdf

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