U.S. Dept. of Education awards Western Kentucky University $1.1 million grant

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The U.S. Dept. of Education is awarding a $1.1 million grant to Western Kentucky University.

The grant money is coming from the Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Education. The money will be used to address the ongoing national, state and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs.

Grant funding will support the university’s PREP program, which stands for Preparing Rural Educators and Professionals for Students with High-Intensity Needs.

The money will be utilized for recruitment, scholarships and graduation of 30 students in the special education and speech language pathology programs at Western.