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College Now Greater Cleveland connecting prospective students with resources during pandemic

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 17:49:09-04

CLEVELAND — As COVID-19 health precautions continue and social distancing measures are still in place, some say planning for college has become more difficult now than ever.

College Now Greater Cleveland said for some adult students working to navigate their next career or education move, the pandemic has created a major financial burden and some have been forced to look for new work opportunities.

“Maybe lost their jobs, that they’re thinking this might be a good time for them,” Julie Szeltner said.

Through the “Ask Tassel” program, advisors at College Now are helping students earn scholarships and access financial aid resources.

“They were able to assist me in reentering back into school,” Brandon Copeland said.

After taking several years off, Brandon Copeland worked with College Now to earn scholarship money at Cleveland State University and he recommends College Now to any student searching for answers.

“Assess where the student is today and perhaps be able to extend to them the proper resources for where they are today and where they see themselves going in the future,” Copeland said.

Szeltner said advisors have geared their efforts toward connecting adult students who may be experiencing major financial hardships due to COVID-19 to adequate resources.

“There’s lots of short-term training that might lead to a more secure career for them and this might be the right time even though it’s a time of crisis,” Szeltner said.

While social distancing measures continue, students have the ability to chat with College Now advisors by texting “TASSEL” to 216-208-5866.

“We work for the student. We don’t work for any school,” Szeltner said. “We want to put the student at the center and make the best decision for that student and their family.”

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Reopening Ohio
Gov. Mike DeWine and the State of Ohio have established a plan to begin reopening Ohio businesses starting May 1. Below is a timeline of the businesses allowed to reopen.

May 1: Medical care – non-essential surgeries and procedures that do not require an overnight stay will be allowed beginning May 1.
May 4: Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses that were ordered to cease activities may reopen on May 4, as well as general office environments.
May 12: Retail establishments and facilities will be allowed to reopen on May 12.
May 15: Salons, barbershops, day spas, tanning facilities, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and piercing businesses. Restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons on outdoor patios. More details here.
May 21: Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for dine-in service. Read more here. Campgrounds will be allowed to reopen. Read more here.
May 22: Horse racing will be allowed to resume, with no spectators. Casinos and Racinos are not included in the reopening. Read more here.
May 26: Gyms, fitness centers, regulated pools, recreation centers and studios will be allowed to reopen, with new requirements. Non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues, such as golf, baseball and tennis will be allowed to resume. BMVs across Ohio will reopen, but government officials encourage citizens to utilize the BMVs online services when possible. Read more here.
May 31: Day care centers will be able to reopen in Ohio. Read more about the plan to reopen day cares here. Day camps and summer camps will also be allowed to operate. Details on that here.

While these announced reopenings encompass the majority of the businesses, agencies and events closed and canceled by the state's orders, the governor has not yet made an annoucements on when K-12 schools in the state will reopen, nor when places of public amusement, such as theme parks, gambling businesses, skating rinks, movie theaters, and others will be allowed to reopen. See a full list of indoor and outdoor places that remain closed here.

Click here for more details on the state's "Responsible RestartOhio" plan.