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Nearly $1 million awarded for counselor education program

September 25, 2014

The counselor education department at Emporia State University was told this week it will receive nearly $1 million for a multi-year project.

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will fund a program titled “Get the Heartland Working! Training Highly Competent Rehabilitation Counselors.” The goal of the grant is to bring further training to human services paraprofessionals wanting career development.

The five-year grant addresses a critical shortage of qualified personnel in rural Kansas and Nebraska by making rehabilitation education accessible online.

Twenty people from rural Kansas and Nebraska can apply to enter a 48-credit hour, CORE-accredited, online master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Upon completion of the program, these highly competent rehabilitation counselors will be placed into state, federal and community-based vocational rehabilitation counselor positions throughout the central part of the U.S.

“We are pleased to support entry- and mid-level service providers to advance their education and dedication to placement of persons with disabilities into the workforce,” said Dr. Katrina Miller, who coordinated the writing of the grant proposal. Miller is also the coordinator of the 48-hour online rehabilitation counseling program.

Selected applicants will receive tuition and related supports throughout the course of study. For more information, contact Miller at 620-341-5231 or

Year 1 of the grant award is $184,548, with annual renewals through Sept. 30, 2019. The total grant award will bring $918,730 to Emporia State.

The grant proposal was developed by faculty of The Teachers College at Emporia State including: Miller, Dr. James Costello and Dr. Damara Paris, all of the counselor education department; and Dr. Marj Bock, from the department of elementary education/early childhood/special education.

Paris will join the counselor education faculty and begin serving as director of the grant in January 2015.

Scholarship awards doubled for adaptive special education majors

September 24, 2014

The adaptive special education graduate program at Emporia State University awarded over $45,000 in scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year

Workshops for educators offered at Jones Institute

September 23, 2014

Educators are being offered opportunities to increase their skill and knowledge through workshops provided this fall through Emporia State University

Wichita couple’s philanthropy benefits scholarships

September 18, 2014

A desire to help students make career choices positioning them for lifelong success is one of the motivations a Wichita couple shares in contributing to Emporia State University

Grimsley family selected for 2014 Hornet Heritage honors

September 17, 2014

The extended family of John William Grimsley and Anna Christianson Grimsley definitely has Emporia State University Hornet pride running through its veins. With 14 family members earning degrees from ...

Celebrate Family & Friends Day on Saturday

September 16, 2014

Saturday is the perfect time to explore Emporia State University during Family The day kicks off with the John Blaufuss Scholarship Family Day ...

Coach Carter to present Bonner Lecture

September 12, 2014

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

September 10, 2014

The Ring the Bell celebrations are meant to honor our generous donors and sound a voice of success to the Hornet Nation. Silent Joe

Roy Mann joins Emporia State Foundation

August 16, 2014

An individual whose strong Hornet ties date back to his years as an undergraduate will be joining the Emporia State University Foundation next month. Roy Mann has been named a director of development ...



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