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Springfield Colleges Receives $750,000 Grant for Scholarships for Rehabilitation Counseling and Services Graduate Programs

June 27, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 27, 2008 -- The U. S. Dept. of Education has awarded Springfield College a $750,000 grant over five years for scholarships, stipends, and training expenses for master’s degree students in the rehabilitation counseling and services program.

Springfield College will offer up to 12 scholarships in fall 2008 to full-time graduate students in the program. Each scholarship will cover six semester hours of tuition per semester and stipends.

The grant is designed to increase the number of qualified rehabilitation counselors and specialists in state, federal and private rehabilitation services. In the Northeast and nationally, there is a shortage of rehabilitation professionals prepared to assist persons with severe cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities.

Graduates of the Springfield College rehabilitation counseling and services program are eligible to become certified or licensed rehabilitation counselors or licensed professional counselors. The program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Students complete a challenging curriculum, research and clinical experiences in vocational rehabilitation agencies throughout the region. The program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to offer people with disabilities, especially new veterans, quick and effective services to prepare for employment. Students also explore shifts in the labor market and workplace environments.

The grant is funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the Rehabilitation Services Administration. At Springfield College, information on the grants is available from Michael Accordino, D.Ed., associate professor and graduate coordinator of the rehabilitation counseling and services program at telephone (413) 748-3318 or by e-mail at maccordi@spfldcol.edu

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