Edison, NJ - Porsha Aekins, a student from Middlesex County College, recently received an award from the Rutgers University Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment Program.

Ms. Aekins received the Academic Excellence Award for having the highest grade point average.

“Porsha has been an excellent student who achieved a GPA of 4.0 in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation program at Rutgers- School of Health Professions,” said Peter M. Basto, program director.

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“She is very enthusiastic about the profession and has done a wonderful job completing her clinical practicum at a residential program for people who have psychiatric disorders.”

Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners provide services and supports to people with severe mental illnesses and other disabilities. The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment Program is a partnership between Rutgers and nine community colleges.

Students in the program complete their general education courses at their community college and then apply to the Rutgers School of Health Professions for the professional phase of the program. They then complete 30 credits and receive their Associate Degree from both schools. According to Rutgers University, as part of the program, students also complete two semesters of fieldwork at a community service agency.