The Springfield College Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program has been awarded a five-year, $996,172, Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) Long Term Training Grant from the United States Department of Education. With the announcement of this award, the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program will actively be recruiting RSA grant scholars to begin the program starting in the Fall of 2020.
“This is wonderful news for Springfield College, the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program, and most importantly for our students,” said Springfield College Counseling Department Chair, Allison Cumming-McCann. “I want to thank our Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program Director, Kathleen Green, for doing an excellent job in her work in preparing and submitting the Rehabilitation Long Term Training Grant application this summer to the U.S. Department of Education.”
The application was reviewed by expert external reviewers and was given an impressive overall score of 97/100. Close to 90-percent of grant funds will be allocated for direct support of Springfield College students through tuition, stipends, professional development, research, and travel opportunities.
“What makes this award unique is that we can observe its impact directly on student outcomes and student success,” noted Associate Vice President of Graduate Education, Grants, and Sponsored Research James Harnsberger. “The grant underscores Springfield College’s reputation and expertise in vocational rehabilitation counseling and expands educational access to support the community’s needs.”
Graduates of the Springfield College Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program will go on to serve a need for highly skilled vocational rehabilitation counselors working with individuals with disabilities.
The Springfield College Rehabilitation Counseling Program has a long history of training exceptional counselors dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities improve their quality of life, which reflects the Humanics philosophy of Springfield College.
The Springfield College Rehabilitation Counseling Program, which is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, is one of the first in the nation, and was recently ranked 20th in the nation for graduate best health schools by U.S.News and World Report.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, Rehabilitation Counseling is a profession that is growing at a fast rate, and according to a 2014 American Counseling Association study, rehabilitation counselors are the highest paid counseling specialty area.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.