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Clarion University–Venango Campus announces the offering of Clarion's Rehabilitative Sciences degree with a new Court and Community Services concentration that will begin in fall 2011. Approved by the American Bar Association, the degree program is designed for students who are interested in the growing human services fields that work closely with the court system. The entire program will be offered at the Venango Campus.

An open house for interested potential students will be held on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. in the Robert W. Rhoades Center at the Venango Campus.
The program is offered at the Venango Campus in collaboration with Clarion's College of Education and Human Services and the College of Business Administration. Students may begin the four-year degree in fall 2011 and graduates of associate degree programs in paralegal studies or rehabilitative services may build upon those degrees to complete the bachelor degree.

"My colleagues and I are very pleased to announce this outstanding opportunity," said Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean of Venango Campus. "The demand for paralegals and related court-directed services careers is tremendous, with job growth projected to grow by 28% nationally in the next 7 years."
Graduates of the Rehabilitative Sciences/Court and Community Services bachelor degree program will have a strong understanding of the rehabilitation process and its interaction with the court system. They will work in organizations such as victim and witness assistance programs, protection from abuse programs, adoption services, child abuse agencies such as Children and Youth, foster care agencies, and work release agencies, among others.
Frank Shepard, director of the Paralegal Studies and the new Court and Community Services degree programs, proposed the degree along with Dr. Rick Sabousky, chair of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences.

"This unique academic option combines a traditional rehabilitative science program with the paralegal education necessary to bridge the gap between the courts and social services," said Professor Shepard. "As the only such program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this course of study will put Clarion University at the forefront of a growing field."

Clarion University–Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University–Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.
5/19/2011 11:20 AM

Clarion University–Venango Campus Announces New Bachelor Degree