Resource Guide for Career and Technical Scholars

Basic Needs

Local/community resources for needs such as housing, food, childcare, etc.

Washington State Department of Social and Health ServicesHousing, food, medical assistance
211Search for resources (crisis and emergency, housing food, financial assistance, health care) by city
Northwest HarvestList of food banks by county in Washington
Child Care Aware of WashingtonFind local childcare
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance ProgramProvides financial support for cost of utility services
Internet EssentialsLow-cost internet program from Comcast
UnemploymentInformation about unemployment benefits
DSHS Reduced Cost Services GuideList of low-cost resources by county, includes low-cost utilities, transportation, museums, zoos and more.

Campus Resources

Resources will vary by college. Be sure to check your school’s website or ask a staff member to find out if a certain resource is available at your campus.

ResourceType of support
Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD)ABAWD Navigators provide support in employment and training, referring students to resources, and applying for food benefits.
Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)BFET office/staff support students in qualifying for basic food assistance, subsidized childcare and identifying additional funding sources.
Counseling ServicesFree academic, career or personal counseling services.
Childcare/parent supportsFree or low-cost childcare, or a referral to a community resource.
Workforce Education servicesFunding for tuition, fees, parking, or a referral to a community resource.
Food pantryFood pantries may be available on campus or students may be referred to a local food bank.
Technology support centerTechnology support or equipment loan, such as a laptop for schoolwork.
Veteran/Military Student ServicesVeterans, active duty, and/or family members may be provided with resources such as tuition discounts, mentoring, advising or referrals.
Multicultural Center/Office of Equity and InclusionProvides resources, programming and community for underrepresented students.
Disability Resource CenterStudents with disabilities can request accommodations, such as accessible parking, sign language interpreting, and testing accommodations.
Financial Aid OfficeAsk your financial aid office about additional sources of funding, including emergency funding or grants.
Scholarship FoundationMany colleges have a foundation that fundraises for student scholarships. Applications will vary depending on the college.
Tutoring Services/Writing CenterOne-on-one assistance or group tutoring.
WorkFirst ProgramProvides employment, training and other benefits for students who receive TANF
Worker Retraining ProgramSupports students retrain for a new job or career. Services include tuition assistance, educational advising and planning, and job search assistance.

Career Development

Resources to help you search and apply for employment.

ResourceDescriptionWhere to find resource
Faculty in your programYour faculty have often worked in industry and are still connected to local/regional employers!
Campus career servicesYour college may have a specific office on campus or may have a place on their website where you can seek support. Sometimes your program will also include opportunities to build out your resume and receive feedback.
Workforce Development CouncilResources include information about high-demand sectors in the region, career development resources, job boards for internship or full-time employment
WorkSource WashingtonResources include skills workshops, job boards, hiring fairs, information about different sectors and occupations, career assessment tools Some colleges have a specific WorkSource office on campus.
CareerOneStopLearn more about different careers and view tips regarding resumes, cover letters and interviewing.
Centers of ExcellenceThere are 11 centers, each serving a different field. Many of the centers’ websites have job, internship, and apprenticeship boards, as well as industry-specific resources.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical CollegesResources include job and labor information, and a job board.