WVC receives Mental Health Counseling and Services (MHCS) grant

October 11, 2021

Media Contact:
Dr. Chio Flores, vice president of student services, cflores@wvc.edu
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)

WVC was selected to receive a Mental Health Counseling and Services (MHCS) grant this year as part of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) grant pilot program.

WVC is one of four Washington colleges selected for the pilot program. The college will receive $250,000 over the next two years to expand student access to mental health counseling and services. The program is part of a bill passed by the Washington state Legislature during its 2021 session.

Through the pilot grant WVC will hire a full-time Faculty Counselor and half-time College Navigator. These positions will allow for an additional one to two days of counseling services on the WVC at Omak campus. The navigator will work to establish partnerships with community resources and support the counseling department with triaging and appointments.

“We understand that the need for mental health counseling for college students is more pressing than ever,” said Dr. Chio Flores, vice president of student services. “This grant will allow us to more effectively serve students who are struggling.”

Learn more about the grant on the SBCTC MHCS page. Learn more about WVC counseling services at wvc.edu/Counseling.


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