Radford University addresses shortage of school counselors

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Virginia has a shortage of school counselors, and Radford University is taking steps to help fill the gap.

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Radford is offering school counselor studies, not only on the main campus, but also in Abingdon at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

The program is geared toward working educators, and is expected to draw students from the surrounding area.

Caitlyn Scaggs is Radford University's Associate Vice President for University Relations.

"There's a real and pressing need for school counselors," Scaggs told WDBJ7, "and we're so pleased to offer this option, this educational option for those in southwest Virginia, in Appalachia, to be able to meet that demand. We feel that it's important. We feel it's critical for our communities, and the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Radford is taking applications now for a program that will begin in the Spring.

Virginia educators are eligible for tuition discounts.

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