SPRINGFIELD — 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 U.S. Department of Education. With the announcement of this award, the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program will be actively 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 Allison Cumming-McCann, who chairs the Springfield College Counseling Department. “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% 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,” said James Harnsberger, associate vice president of Graduate Education, Grants, and Sponsored Research. “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.