NOVEMBER 16, 2005

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Langston rehabilitation counseling program secures $3.5 million in grants
Offers the nation’s first HBCU doctoral program in rehabilitation counselor education

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), United States Department of Education has awarded Langston University’s Rehabilitation Counseling program four grants totaling $3.5 million.

The first grant is a Rehabilitation Capacity Building grant that will allow Langston University (LU) to establish a new Rehabilitation Counselor Education Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) at a historically Black college/university (HBCU), the first such program to be housed on the campus of an HBCU. The grant award is for $1.125 million over a five-year period. Its aim will be to produce rehabilitation educators, scholars/researchers, and rehabilitation administrators to be employed in academic, research centers/entities, and vocational rehabilitation service entities, respectively.

The second grant is another Rehabilitation Capacity Building grant that will allow LU to establish a new Master of Science in visual Rehabilitation Services Degree Program. The award is for $1.125 million over a five-year period. Its goal is to produce orientation and mobility specialists to provide rehabilitation services to persons who are blind or visually impaired.

The third grant, in the amount of $500,000 over five years, is a long-term training Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill grant. The fourth grant, in the amount of $750,000, is another long-term training Rehabilitation Counselor with special emphasis on School-to-Work Transition Services grant.

Both capacity building grants will focus on research and planning during years 1 and 2 of the respective project. They will subsequently enroll their first cohort of students during the fall semester in 2007 (year 3).

The other two long-term training grants will be utilized to fund a select number of students by paying tuition, fees and living stipends to help with matriculation through the master’s degree program in rehabilitation counseling. Upon completion of the program, students who are selected for and accept these RSA traineeships will be expected to obtain and maintain a rehabilitation professional position in a state or federal rehabilitation entity or a closely related rehabilitation entity for two years for each year that the student received the traineeship.

Dr. Corey L. Moore, professor and director of the graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling, will serve as principal investigator/project director for each of the four grants. For graduate program acceptance criteria or to get more information, contact Dr. Moore at 405.962.1671.