Go Back to School with Support in Upstate NY

The Upstate New York Training and Upgrading Fund is a negotiated benefit between multiple healthcare employers and 1199SEIU, covering more than 15,000 employees.

Through this collaboration, the Fund provides career and educational advising, adult education, skills enhancement programs, tuition vouchers/reimbursement and professional development opportunities to thousands of healthcare workers like you throughout Upstate New York.

Get academic and career advice from industry professionals!

Buffalo Office: (716) 995-3755
Rochester Office: (585) 244-0830
Syracuse Office: (315) 424-1743 ext. 180

Working full-time and going back to school is no joke. TEF really helped me out, they set me up with a tutor when I needed it. When I wasn’t able to meet with the tutor, I would email. The tutor would send me back study material that would help me, she was always there. She would text me or call me and say,“Shak you’ve got this!”

Shakeel Shah

Associate Degree in Surgical Technology, Surgical Technician, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Member Support

The Training Fund is here to help you get the skills you need to succeed. If you’re ready to go back to school or take a training course, we’ll help you get started.

Academic Support

Academic Skills Prep Classes are free courses that help 1199SEIU members build an academic foundation and take the next step in their education or career. Classes include College Preparation, Computer Skills and High School Completion.

Continuing Education

You may be eligible to receive reimbursement for continuing education programs. Financial support is available for seminars, conferences and workshops related to healthcare or your job.

College Preparatory Program

College Prep will prepare you to successfully perform college-level work.

Supported Entry to College

The Health Careers College Core Curriculum (HC4) Program is a supported program for adult learners with little or no experience in higher education. Take core prerequisite courses required to complete your degree.

Citizenship Program

The 1199SEIU Citizenship Program helps you with the immigration and naturalization process to become a US citizen.

Nursing Degree Programs

The Training Funds provide financial assistance case management, academic advisement, and support for 1199SEIU members enrolled in nursing programs.

Financial Support

Depending on what school you attend and your course of study, you may be eligible for financial assistance for an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Skills Enhancement Program

You can choose from a wide variety of courses to improve language, computer skills or learn new abilities to prepare for career growth.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program helps you improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Contact your local Training Fund!

Buffalo Office: (716) 995-3755
Rochester Office: (585) 244-0830
Syracuse Office: (315) 424-1743 ext. 180