The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in consultation with the Virginia Health Care Foundation has awarded Virginia Tech and five other universities across the commonwealth with a Higher Education Mental Health Workforce Pilot grant.

The grant will further Virginia Tech’s efforts in expanding mental health care to students and will serve to increase the mental health workforce pipeline by supervising clinical hours to candidates seeking social work or professional counselor licensure. 

“We are honored to be among the six institutions selected to be a part of the grant, and we are preparing to hire an additional staff member this spring,” said Ellie Sturgis, director of the Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center. “This individual will have the unique opportunity to go beyond their Master of Social Work by participating in the licensing process while providing care to students.”

Under the supervision of the counseling center, the candidate seeking Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensure will be hired, trained, and working on campus until licensed. The grant award will support that person's salary and benefits on-site for two years.

An official posting for this grant funded position will be available soon through the Virginia Tech Jobs website.

More about the Higher Education Mental Health Workforce Pilot grant can be read on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

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