Health Careers for All Program provided funding and services to individuals with low incomes to pursue occupational training for careers in health care.
The program, operated by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County provided funding for occupational training in health care through either Individual Training Accounts (vouchers) or tuition-free course packages open only to program participants at community and technical colleges.
Throughout the program, navigators provided case management services, including guidance and advice on selecting a training program as well as guidance on employment, academic, and nonacademic issues and coordination.
Participants could also receive employment assistance, case management, and financial support for transportation and unexpected costs. Near the end of their training, individuals were also offered employment assistance, including job clubs, job search assistance, and access to a job developer.
The average voucher amount per participant was about $1,400. The program length varied, with an average duration of about eight months. Health Careers for All focused on individuals who either received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, had incomes below 175 percent of the federal poverty line, or had extenuating circumstances (such as a disability) limiting their work.
The program was implemented in Seattle, WA.
Health Careers for All was part of the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education study which also evaluated the following career pathways programs: Bridge to Employment in the Healthcare Industry, Carreras en Salud, Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, Pathways to Healthcare, Patient Care Pathway Program, Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement, Workforce Training Academy Connect, and Year Up.