School to offer counseling degree to help locals

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. In an area like Mesa County where divorce, suicide and foreclosure rates are skyrocketing, it is important to have resources to turn to when you need help.

Unfortunately, this area lacks with those services as the American Counseling Association has determined Mesa County as a high need area for counselors.

The Grand Junction branch of Colorado Christian University is trying to change that by offering a Masters of Arts in Counseling degree starting in January.

"There's just such a high need for people who are running into difficulties and the struggles with the economy and personal problems," Robert Booth, Colorado Christian University.

After graduating from the program, students will finish their required clinical hours and then take a state test to get their counseling license.

The application deadline for the Spring 2014 semester is December 6th and the deadline for Fall 2014 is July 1st.

Officials said the program only has room for 22 people and will be very competitive.

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