TEF Honors 2017 Graduates
On Friday, June 16, hundreds of past and current 1199SEIU members and their families celebrated achievements made possible by the Training and Employment Funds (TEF) at TEF’s annual graduation ceremony. Whether it was for earning a college degree, learning a new expertise in the healthcare field, achieving a life-long dream of becoming a U.S. citizen or a completing a number of other program offerings, the event honored nearly 2,000 members who graduated in 2017. In a packed ballroom at the New York Hilton, graduates, stakeholders, dignitaries, staff members and other invited guests heard from Sandi Vito, Executive Director of TEF, about the lasting impact that these opportunities have on participants and the essential role that healthcare workers play in our society. “The community to which we belong — the union and management — recognizes the value of education and the importance for you, as caregivers, to have the opportunity to advance your careers,” Sandi said.
Sandi also broke down the dynamics of this year’s class, saying that of the nearly 2,000 graduates:
- 69 earned their high school diploma;
- 214 completed college prep and 186 are entering college;
- 1,128 graduated from college or graduate school;
- 241 graduated from nursing programs; and
- 400 graduated from our citizenship program.
Attendees were treated to eloquent testimonials from three of the graduates, and, in keeping with the evening’s theme of “Where are they now?” also heard about the value of quality healthcare for everyone from our keynote speaker, Jeffrey Kraut, a former 1199SEIU member who excelled in his field with the help of TEF programs and is now Executive Vice President for strategy and analytics at Northwell Health.
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Where Are They Now?
Current and former 1199SEIU members show just how far the Training and Employment Funds can take you.