If you want to complete a college degree or advance your healthcare career by going back to school, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) College Prep Program can help you obtain the skills you need to enter or re-enter college. It is specially designed to meet the needs of healthcare workers, particularly those who have not attended school for a significant period of time. Classes are geared toward helping members pass university entrance exams and brush up on math basics and reading and writing skills. Assessment and testing are also available to determine which classes you may need to take.


Because TUF has a close working relationship with the City University of New York (CUNY), the program’s focus is on helping members prepare for the CUNY entrance exams. However, 1199SEIU bargaining unit members and their relatives age 21 and older may participate in the College Prep Program even if they wish to attend a program outside the CUNY system.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an 1199SEIU member (or a relative, to the extent that grant money is available) age 21 or older; and
  • Must submit a copy of high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.

If you have foreign academic documents, please contact TUF’s Admissions and Counseling Office at (212) 284-9210.


College Prep Course Schedule

Classes begin in January for the spring semester and in September for the fall semester, and are offered at TUF’s Manhattan locations and at satellite offices in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Hicksville, Long Island. Members may take classes two to three days a week in the morning (9:30 am – 12:30 pm) or evening (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm) for 60 to 120 hours.


Manhattan: 330 West 42nd Street; 83 Maiden Lane
Brooklyn: 25 Elm Place, 1st Floor
Bronx: 2501 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor
Staten Island: 790 Port Richmond Avenue
Hicksville, Long Island: 100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor

For more information, please call (212) 284-9223 or (212) 494-0536.

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