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Learn Long and Prosper

Looking to build your career? We’re here to help you on your journey at Kaiser Permanente. Get insights and inspiration from peers and workforce development professionals.


One Class at a Time
February 8, 2024

Growth, resilience, integrity and tenacity. It takes all these characteristics for academic success. Isis Acevedo reveals how. She shares her career journey at Kaiser Permanente, going back to school while working and raising a family. Follow her path from on-call operator to project manager. She talks with the SEIU-UHW Education Fund’s Maggie Newcomb Raine about the power of perseverance. Senior workforce planning and development consultant Nedra Daugherty provides an introduction. (13:07)

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Earn While You Learn
February 7, 2024

The Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium’s medical assistant apprenticeship opens career doors for employees. Find out how you can earn while you learn. Employee Patricia Lopez Del Toro shares her story. She talks with Allison Holmes from the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund. The Training Fund is one of 3 Labor Management Partnership-supported education trusts. (9:17)

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Making the Best of Your Resources
February 3, 2022

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund outreach coordinator Danielle Chastaine talks with Candace Humphrey, a licensed practical nurse in Washington who recently completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing program. “Nursing school is intense, but I think the bigger piece is the need,” Humphrey says. “I welcome an opportunity to be a part of this cycle of helping.” (14:14)

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Nurse Residency Program: A Blueprint for Success
February 2, 2022

A new Georgia Primary Care Registered Nurse Residency program with the Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust recently graduated 5 licensed practical nurses and has plans for another graduating cohort soon. Meet Jessica Johnson and Monea Taylor-Sears, who join senior workforce planning consultant Danielle Pollard to discuss the program's origin and plans for continuing to support the nursing profession pipeline. (15:46)

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It’s Not One and Done: Continuing Education With the Ed Fund
February 1, 2022

The SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund provides support for general education classes and prerequisites as well as fully funded certificate and degree career pathway programs that can accelerate careers in health care. Meet Nakia Blythe, pediatric licensed practical nurse, who joins the Ed Fund’s Rachel Lupole to discuss how she battled health issues and managed a full workload while taking courses to further her education. (13:12)

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Dealing with Wounds
July 23, 2021

What’s it like to be a frontline caregiver juggling work, school and more during the COVID-19 pandemic? Meet Tracy Gornto, a licensed vocational nurse and SEIU-UHW member in Northern California. Listen to how she has overcome obstacles through resiliency and support from family, colleagues and education trust services. (14:54)

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Evolve on Purpose
October 22, 2020

Why is mentoring important to career development? How can you become better at networking? What’s the importance of personal branding? Tune in for tips on owning your own professional development in this panel discussion of career experts. (44:58)

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A Better You
October 21, 2020

Looking to build your career? Did you know that Kaiser Permanente offers many employees access to education trusts? Tune in to explore getting started with education trusts. Listen to experts from the Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust and SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund.(15:43)

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Just Do It
October 20, 2020

Learning is a journey. Tune in to explore getting started with tuition reimbursement. Employees Hiren Patel and Anthony Galvez share their stories. (12:19)

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Introducing Excel Yourself, Learn Long and Prosper
October 19, 2020

Welcome to National Workforce Planning and Development’s new podcast. Listen to workforce planning consultant Nedra Daugherty and Jessica Butz from the Alliance of Health Care Unions discuss why the podcast got started and plans to share inspiring workforce development stories. (5:54)

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