|Today the SEIU-UHW Joint Employer Education Fund (Education Fund) – which represents 100,000 SEIU eligible members and affiliated unions, and 18 employers – announced it will partner with the proposed fully online college to develop a credential program for workers to advance into the field of medical coding, a field projected to grow by 15 percent through 2024.
More than 80 percent of California’s medical coding certificates are currently from private colleges – an expensive option that is out of reach for many workers who are juggling family responsibilities and full-time jobs.
The Education Fund’s support for the fully online college stems from its quest to improve economic mobility for workers and help employers fill in-demand jobs. The fully online program will provide new access to career advancement and wage growth for working adults who have struggled to get ahead in today’s economy.
The labor-management organization joins a growing coalition of business, economic, equity, and education leaders who are counting on the Legislature to pass the Governor’s proposal to make higher education more equitable and accessible for all.