The New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 and the Connecticut Nursing Homes Training and Upgrading Fund provides educational opportunities for 1199 members from nursing homes throughout the state of Connecticut. Training Fund programs are funded by the nursing homes, which have agreed to pay 1% of their gross payroll each month into the Fund for the length of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the union.

Employees who work at least eight hours per week (some CBAs require 20 hours) at a participating facility and have completed their probationary period are eligible for most of the Fund’s programs.  An employee must have worked at a participating facility for at least one year to be eligible for Tuition Reimbursement.

Current Training Fund benefits and programs include:

  • Adult Basic education
  • Career and College Counseling
  • Computer Skills Classes
  • National External Diploma Program
  • Transition to College and Careers
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Tutoring

COVID Information

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The 1199 Training Fund is excited to offer a variety of online classes and trainings this Fall for eligible 1199 nursing home members! Click here  for more information.


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Covid Update

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Workshops & Classes

Computer Skills for New and Prospective Nurses

  • “Patient Care Plan” Writing
  • Healthcare Careers Workshops
  • Writing Skills for Prospective Nurses
  • Dosage Calculations written & online

Math for LPN Admissions Test

Medical Terminology

Reading/Writing for LPN Admissions Test

Transition to College English

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Nursing Conference 2019

Card-Harrington friends (002)On November 13, 2019 1199 nurses from throughout Connecticut joined together to attend the Training Fund’s 8th Annual Nursing Conference.  This year’s theme was “Nurses as Leaders” and workshops included:

  • Nursing Documentation: Currently nursing facilities are tasked with providing high quality care while keeping healthcare costs low. Adverse medical events impact both quality of outcomes and cost of care.  This session will provide attendees with essential nursing documentation and order transcription best practices to ensure safe, effective healthcare delivery.
  • Improving LGBTQ+ Patient Outcomes by Reducing Unconscious Bias: This presentation is designed to help all disciplines within healthcare identify opportunities to improve LGBTQ+ patient outcomes by reducing unconscious bias in the care we provide. Utilizing evidence-based research, clinicians will learn about the impact a patient’s identity has on the medical care they receive, the increased incidence of certain medical diagnoses, the impact of a delay in diagnosis and their potential effect on the business of providing care.

At the end of the day, participants help up cards to share with others how they would enhance their leadership skills.  These included:

  • Being a better listener
  • Educating my co-workers to do the right thing at the right time
  • Not being biased to the LGBTQ community
  • Continuing to be kind
  • Listening! Listening! Listening!
  • Continuing to learn
  • Keeping myself educated and sharing with others what I learn
  • Respecting other opinions
  • Motivating and inspiring others
  • Inspiring team work
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Training Fund Conference 2019

Carlene and Veronica in hats1On October 15, 2019 close to 200 members of District 1199 joined together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SEIU District 1199 New England.  Members wore hats from “the old days” to help recognize the union’s history.  To start the day, 1199NE Secretary Treasurer Suzanne Clark facilitated a panel discussion, including current President Rob Baril, retired President David Pickus, and several 1199 members discussing the past, present, and future of the union.  This was followed by a panel discussion led by Training Fund College and Career Counselor Susan Oliver, including members who have used the Training Fund over the years.

This year’s conference workshops were:

  • Be. Here. Now.
  • Caring for Individuals Living with Dementia
  • Get Fit!
  • Managing Your Credit: Identifying Ways to Build and Repair Your Credit
  • Learn Some Union History and Write Your Own Story about the Union!
  • Rehabilitation Services: A Team Approach for Nursing and Therapy


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Graduation 2019

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Congratulations to the 1199 Training Fund Class of 2019!  On Tuesday, June 18, close to 200 family, friends, and union leaders gathered to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates.  In 2018-2019, 59 1199 members earned High School Diplomas, Certificates, Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, and Master’s Degrees.  Programs of study included:

  • Central Sterile Processing Technician
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • EMT
  • Food Service Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Phlebotomy
  • Psychology
  • Theology
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Staff and Members Receive Recognition

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Congratulations to Marge Korhonen, Training Fund instructor, Denise Jackson, Touchpoints at Manchester/Governor’s House, and Bismark Mensah-Diawuo, Touchpoints at Farmington, who were recognized at the Greater Hartford STARS (Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition Salute) on April 25, 2019.  Teachers and adult learners from adult education programs in the region were recognized for their accomplishments and their hard work.  In the evening’s program, the following descriptions were given.  STARS is sponsored each year by VOCAL, Voices of CT Adult Learners.

Bismark Mensah-Diawuo was born and raised in Ghana, and was about 16 years old when he had to stop attending school.  He served in the military for 23 years as a non-commissioned officer. Bismark came to the United States in 2009 by himself, and last year his two teenage daughters joined him after nine long years of separation.

He always felt he had a debt to his parents to continue his education when the opportunity would arrive.  He decided to go to college, but when he realized that he needed his high school diploma first, decided to enroll with the 1199 Training Fund.

Bismark will be receiving his NEDP diploma in June, and said, “I feel that the program was very challenging, but it gave me all the information I needed to know to help prepare me for college.”  Bismark’s dream is to go to college and become a pharmacist.

Denise Jackson is a long-time participant at the 1199 Training Fund, and has steadily worked her way through many classes and programs.  She earned her high school equivalency, National External Diploma Program, and then continued by taking Transition to College classes in academic reading and writing at the Training Fund.  An active and encouraging participant in class, Denise steadily increased her knowledge base, becoming ever more confident of her ability to successfully navigate classes in college. Currently, she is in her second semester at Capital Community College.

She is someone who continues to strive toward her goals knowing the road is rocky with challenges from her job and everyday life as well as her courses. Her dedication and determination to carry on with her long term goal of becoming a registered nurse is laudable and ever-present as she attends classes, finishes her assignments, and seeks guidance from teachers and professors.  The 1199 Training Fund proudly recognizes Denise Jackson as a recipient of the 2019 VOCAL STARS award.

Marge Korhonen has worked for many years at the 1199 Training Fund, both in the NEDP program and Transition to College program. She has proven herself to be an extremely definite asset to our programs. Marge exhibits excellent teaching skills and offers a wealth of knowledge to our students.

She supplements a wide variety of knowledge in her scope and is continuously trying to learn new things to improve her teaching skills and abilities.  We also credit her hard work and diligence in assisting our students and touching their lives in meaningful ways.  Marge possesses excellent communication skills and can cooperate with the utmost success.

Marge Korhonen is well organized and willing to take up any project she is assigned to fulfill.  She consistently distinguishes herself in the classroom and maintains good relationships with students.  Marge is unquestionably an exceptional ambassador for our Training Fund classes, tutoring services and has our fairest recommendation.











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Advanced Nursing and West Hartford Health & Rehab begin 18 Month Labor-Management Project

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Labor-Management teams from the Advanced Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Haven and the West Hartford Health and Rehabilitation Center are participating in an 18 month project: Quality Improvement in Connecticut Nursing Homes through Labor-Management Collaboration. The project is funded by FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service), and is being managed by the Training Fund and Qualidigm.  The teams began the project with a two day Kick-off Training on January 8-9, and are planning to roll their work out in their nursing homes in the coming months.


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Nursing Conference 2018

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The keynote speaker was Carolyn DeRocco, Vice President of Programs and Education, Alzheimer’s Association-CT Chapter.  Other workshops included: Changing Our Beliefs about Drugs and Alcohol, Mindy Bowens; Head to Toe Assessment, Anna Go; Wound Care in the Age of Antibiotic Stewardship, Catherine Milne.

Comments from evaluations included the following:

Why did you decide to attend the conference?

  • Because it is always interesting and inspiring
  • I always enjoy the conferences and always learn something new
  • It sounded very interesting and I want my knowledge to grow
  • I wanted a relaxing day
  • I learn new information each time I attend. I meet new nurses and share new experiences from the job

Did the conference meet your expectations?  Why or why not?

  • Yes.  It provided a lot of information that I can use at work and also in my daily life.
  • Always does—informing and reassuring of my nursing skills
  • Information received will be used daily at my job
  • All the workshops were excellent
  • Yes, as my first experience at a  conference like this, it built my experience as a nurse and I got some answers for my questions (answers that I really need as tools)
  • The day motivated me to continue my education and also to understand better how to deal with substance abuse residents
  • The conference did meet and exceeded my expectations because I was enlightened
  • Yes, I attend every year and get to join together with good people
  • Yes, this is what I was expecting.  Very fulfilling.

What were two things that you learned today that you will be able to use at your job or share with your co-workers?

  • Spend a little time with my patients and it will save me a lot more time in the long run
  • Be nice to every person ins spite of who they are
  • I can’t control the patient, I can control me
  • Give 5 to get 20


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Training Fund Conference 2018

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DID THE CONFERENCE MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS?   “MORE THAN I COULD EVER IMAGINE!  I LEARNED A LOT.  I GOT TO INTERACT WITH CO-WORKERS, AND MEET NEW PEOPLE FROM 1199.  AWESOME!!”  Over 200 1199 nursing home and homecare members from throughout Connecticut at the 1199 Training Fund’s 16th annual conference.  The keynote speaker, Kyrie Carpenter, gave a wonderful presentation called “Culture Change Starts with the Heart” and members spent the day choosing from the following workshops:

  • Changing Our Beliefs About Drugs and Alcohol
  • Culture change Starts with the Heart
  • The Unstoppable Power of Confidence: Creating Success from the Inside Out
  • Happier Residents, Happier You
  • Get Fit!
  • Safety Care


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