Spokane County Needs Your Help With Deciding Funding

Spokane County’s Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department is asking Spokane County citizens to take a few minutes and complete three Community Needs Surveys by the end of July. The completed surveys will be tabulated and the results used in the consolidated planning process for 2015-2019.  The Consolidated Plan outlines how millions of dollars in state and federal grants will be allocated over the next five years.

Please take the time to read the following news release: Residents Urged to Participate in Community Needs Surveys

Link to Surveys: Citizen Participation Surveys

This is VERY important to get your feedback so, the county knows what the priorities of the citizens of Spokane are.

Did You Know You Can Apply for DSHS Benefits Online?

WA Connection resources

Washington Connection, a web-based benefit portal where people can learn about and apply for a broad array of services and benefits online: food, cash, and medical assistance; childcare subsidies; long-term care services and support; and drug and alcohol treatment. The website also provides contact information and links to many other services that require different application processes.

**Clicking on the picture or on Washington Connection and it will take you straight to the site.**

Excellent job and training opportunity–The Homebuilders Association is in desperate need for apprentices!



Apprenticeship is one of the best ways for a worker to acquire the experience and training to get established in a career.

Apprenticeship also addresses industry’s need to remain competitive by investing in the development and continuous upgrade of the skills of its workforce.


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  • Some registered apprenticeship programs also have dual accreditation through post-secondary institutions which apply credit for apprenticeship completion towards an Associate Degree.
  • A progressively increasing schedule of wages is based on the journeyworker’s hourly wage of the apprentice’s occupation. These increases occur with satisfactory progress in both related instruction and on-the-job training until wages reach 85 to 90 percent of the rate paid the journeyworker in the occupation.
  • Upon completing a one to five year (2,000 hours to 10,000 hours) apprenticeship, the worker receives an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate and is recognized as a qualified journeyworker nationwide. This Certificate is one of the oldest, most basic, and most highly portable industry credentials in use today. The Certificate is issued by a federally approved State Apprenticeship Council or Agency or, in those States not having such an agency, by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
  • Registered apprentices/trainees pay substantially reduced tuition fees for attendance at related instruction classes held in community colleges or technical colleges.
  • Registered apprentices/trainees are covered by state industrial insurance while in attendance at related instruction classes.
  • Eligible veterans receive VA educational benefits while participating in an approved program.