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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Opening of LRU’s Columbia Graduate Center

Fri Aug 8 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, S.C. will hold its Grand Opening on August 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by a tour of the center and catered reception. Public attendance is welcome and encouraged!

The center shares a space with the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, which was founded 184 years ago and merged with LRU in 2012. It will be housed in the garden level of Beam Hall, where the Grand Opening celebration will take place.

With the opening of the center, two of the Columbia region’s premier master’s programs will be launched, including – Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Human Services. Heading those programs will be Dr. Matthew Bonner and Dr. LouAnn Woolman respectively.

About the Counseling Program:

The CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs) accredited master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare individuals for positions as professional counselors in agencies within the community. The counseling program places primary emphasis on the development of strong clinical skills. Upon receiving the Master of Arts degree in counseling, students will meet course work requirements for eligibility to take the examination to become a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

About the Human Services Program:

The Master of Arts in Human Services program is an online program, structured to prepare students for professional practice through the creative application of knowledge, theory, and skills. The curriculum provides opportunities for a broad conceptual mastery of human services through an understanding of subject matter, bibliographic resources, theory, practice, and scholarly research. The intent of the curriculum is to develop within students the capacity to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and communicate knowledge, and to develop those skills needed to effectively practice and advance the human services profession. The Master of Arts in Human Services degree will prepare students to sit for the Human Services – Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credentialing examination.

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