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Scholarships Expanded to Include CTCs

Opportunity scholarships expanded to include technical and community colleges By Katherine Long A generous state scholarship program that helps pay college tuition at four-year schools will soon expand to help students earn professional technical degrees at community and technical colleges. A seven-year-old state scholarship program that has helped more than 2,000 students earn a bachelor’s degree will soon offer the same type of generous aid to students who want to gain technical skills at community and technical colleges. It’s part of a growing emphasis on encouraging more students to earn technical degrees and credentials after they graduate from high school — and a recognition that a four-year college degree doesn’t work for everyone. On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that makes a major change to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a $200 million public-private scholarship fund that began in 2011 as a way to help low- [...]

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Washington State COVID-19 Response

The Washington State’s official COVID-19 site, maintained by the state Joint Information Center. Looking for daily COVID-19 statistics? Daily statistics are provided by the Department of Health (DOH) or view statewide statistics on a map. Mutilingual resources Spanish: Nuevo coronavirus (PDF) , Chinese Simplified: 新型冠状病毒 (PDF), Russian: Новый штамм коронавируса (PDF), Vietnamese: Vi-rút Corona Mới (PDF), more translations... Need a phone number to call with questions about the virus? DOH operates a hotline, with multiple language assistance, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 1-800-525-0127. The call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. Looking to inquire about testing? For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider. VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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Washington 211 is operating the State COVID-19 Helpline

Washington 211 is operating the State COVID-19 Helpline (1-800-525-0127) for the Washington State Department of Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Normal 211 services are available but wait times have increased. If you need immediate assistance in finding services please visit www.wa211.org and use the resource search tool. Washington 211 successfully took over operations of the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 helpline on 3/6/20 after a very short and fast ramp up of our system. I have attached the latest call numbers for Washington 211, a report of the work we have accomplished to date and our original proposal to DOH to help the citizens of Washington State with their questions about COVID-19. As you may know 211 does not have a dedicated source of funding from either the federal government or states. Each 211 in the country may receive some support from their state government but each must [...]

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Washington State Department of Health

2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) Contact our Call Center The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider. Washington Needs Health Practitioners for the COVID-19 State of Emergency Health professionals licensed in other states may practice in Washington by registering through the emergency volunteer health practitioner process or by applying for a WA license, which may result in the department issuing a temporary practice permit. LEARN MORE

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U.S. Small Business Administration – Disaster Resources

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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Benefits.gov: Finding the Right Help During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has presented many challenges for people across the United States. The Benefits.gov Program recognizes the difficulties that many are facing and wants to help citizens find the assistance they need, whether it be unemployment, healthcare, temporary assistance, or food and nutrition. Benefits.gov hosts information on over 1,000 federal and state benefits and aims to increase the ease of access to assistance programs for people in need. Considering the Coronavirus outbreak, Benefits.gov has compiled a list of resources citizens may find helpful. Below you will find assistance programs available for eligible individuals, spanning from food stamps, unemployment benefits, healthcare benefits, emergency business loans, and more. LEARN MORE

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