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Orange County Offers Emergency Rental Assistance

As a part of the “Keeping Families in Their Homes” Initiative, Orange County Government is providing emergency rental assistance to residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance program is an income-based program aimed at helping Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants by providing one-time assistance to tenants who are past-due in rent as a result of financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A resident of Orange County, Florida*
  • At least one month behind on rent
  • Able to provide documentation, including COVID-19 impact.

*Please note that this program is not available to residents who live within the City of Orlando. Residents in this area may apply through the City of Orlando’s Rental Assistance program.

For more information about this program, including eligibility details and how to apply, visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance.

ICON Park Offers Discounts for Valencia Employees

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

ICON Park is offering savings and perks for Valencia College employees including $10 tickets to The Wheel, as well as dining discounts. ICON Park is a 20-acre, open-air, gate-free entertainment destination. The park is known for offering breathtaking views of Orlando from The Wheel, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel.

The park offers plenty of space for families to spread out and practice social distancing, and The Wheel has freshly cleaned, air-conditioned, private capsules. A full ride on The Wheel takes 20 minutes.

Restaurants offering discounts include Tin Roof: A Live Music Venue, Shake Shack, Sugar Factory, Tapa Toro Spanish restaurant and more. A list of participating restaurants can be found here.

Valencia employees may visit ICONParkOrlando.com/Valencia to purchase tickets. Please note that you do NOT have to enter a discount code.

When you purchase tickets to The Wheel, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will include directions on how to redeem discounts at participating restaurants. A Wheel ticket must be shown at restaurants to receive the discounts. Participating restaurants and discounts are subject to change.

This offer will run for the entire 2021 calendar year.

Colorado State University – Global Campus Offers Valencia Employees and Students a 10% Discount

Valencia has signed an articulation agreement with Colorado State University – Global Campus (CSU-Global), a 100% online university. As a result of this agreement, all Valencia employees and students receive a 10% tuition discount until they graduate.

As the country’s first and only independently accredited, 100% online state university, CSU-Global is dedicated to providing high-quality, career-relevant, personalized, affordable education within a student-centered environment. CSU-Global offers customizable bachelor’s degreesmaster’s degreescertificates and other educational opportunities that align with industry needs and meet the demands of working adults and today’s modern learner. The university sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education programs through expert faculty who are recognized industry leaders and trained to educate adults in an online environment.

The university offers a streamlined enrollment process with accelerated eight-week courses that start every four weeks. Currently, CSU-Global currently has more than 17,500 active students from every U.S. state and territory, and over 50 countries.

For more information, visit the CSU Global Campus website.

Tuition Discount Offered at Southern New Hampshire University for Valencia College Employees

Valencia is in the business of changing lives — not only for our students, but also for our employees. For that reason, we’re continually building partnerships with the local and global community. One of our most recent connections was with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Valencia College employees, as well as immediate family members, receive a 10 percent tuition discount on more than 200 online programs. For a list of degree programs, click here.

The cost of the discount tuition is below:

  • Undergraduate: $864 per course ($288 per credit hour)/U.S. service members and family receive special discount rate of $675 per course ($225 per credit hour).
  • Graduate: $1,693 per course ($564 per credit hour)

Learn more about the discounted tuition by clicking here.

SNHU offers a variety of resources, too, such as a writing center, 24/7 online tutoring services, career services, academic advising, technical support, disability resource center, online library, wellness education and online bookstore.

SNHU is an accredited, private, non-profit institution, which is proud to offer more than 200 transfer-friendly degree programs and flexible degree pathways to community college students and alumni across the nation. Founded in 1932, SNHU has more than 80,000 students online and has gained national recognition for its commitment to student success.

If you would like more information on the partnership, contact Assistant Director of Academic Alliances Gayla Freelon at g.freelon@snhu.edu or 603-851-4942.

2-1-1 Heart of Florida United Way Free Helpline, a Vital Community Resource

united-way-211-270w2-1-1, Heart of Florida United Way’s (HFUW) free, 24-hour information and referral helpline links people in need with assistance from more than 2,000 local health and human service programs.

Whether the issue is affordable housing, quality day care or crisis counseling, HFUW is there.

Staffed 24-hours per day by caring, highly trained, multilingual operators, 2-1-1 is your connection to finding help with:

  • Youth and Child Care Issues
  • Physical and Mental Health Services
  • 24-hour Crisis and Suicide Counseling
  • Elder Services
  • Utilities, Housing and Food
  • And much, much more!

Know someone who needs help? Simply dial 211 or visit the website to view the community database or chat online.

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