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Bellevue University Receives Midlands Community Foundation Grant to Provide Mental Health Technician Scholarships

Scholarship Assistance Targeted to Sarpy County Residents

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Bellevue University has received a generous $15,000 grant award from the Midlands Community Foundation to fund scholarship assistance for Sarpy County students enrolled in Bellevue University's new Mental Health Technician Certificate program.

The University's Mental Health Technician certificate program, which launched last year, is designed to meet the local and national need for more entry-level workers in the mental healthcare fields. 

The 24-week certificate program is offered 100% online and is eligible for financial aid. Students who complete the program earn 16 semester hours of college-level credit and are prepared to work in various settings alongside other healthcare professionals, and with clients and families impacted by substance abuse, mental and emotional disorders, domestic violence, abuse and trauma. 

According to Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins the new program addresses a major workforce need, as well as a societal one. “Hospitals, human service agencies and other organizations are looking to hire entry-level professionals who can implement care plans and know how to interact effectively with diverse teams,” she said. “Mental health is really critical to how individuals contribute, in both their personal and professional lives, to the world in which we all live.”

Dr. Michelle Eppler, Dean of the College of Arts and Science, said that the program aims to fill a gap in the Sarpy County and Omaha metropolitan community. “There's really strong demand for qualified, skilled employees who are prepared to work alongside other professionals," she said, "and help provide compassionate care for clients and families dealing with a host of mental health issues.”

The credit hours earned in the program are stackable, Dr. Eppler added. This allows students to apply the credits and build on them if they pursue a bachelor's degree. 

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (