The College of Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded a $1.7 million grant to increase the number of professional mental health counselors who serve rural communities in North Carolina.

The award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will support the project, “Enhancing Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Rural Areas Initiative.”

“This award will provide high quality preparation, intense and deliberate professional development, and financial stipends for our counseling graduate candidates,” said Anthony Graham, dean of the College of Education. “More importantly, this initiative provides critical resources and services for our rural communities in North Carolina. Our engagement with our rural communities demonstrates the faculty’s commitment to the college’s vision of equity, access, and advocacy.”

Originally published Oct. 10, 2017.