Training minorities and handicapped individuals for careers in therapeutic recreation is the purpose of a $210,000, three-year grant to the University of Utah College of Health.

The grant was given by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.To meet the severe shortage of therapeutic recreation personnel in rural areas of the Mountain West, the college is providing three levels of training - paraprofessional, bachelor's and master's. The program is the only one of its kind in the nation specifically dealing with therapeutic recreation.

"Therapeutic recreation uses rec-reation services to help people with potentially limiting conditions make the most of their lives," said Terrance Robertson, project coordinator. "It is used to teach or enhance independent functioning that can be used throughout life, promoting health and growth. People of all ages and backgrounds with physical, mental or social disabilities can be helped."

Robertson said that through the grant the U. will not only prepare students to be licensed and certified as therapeutic recreation specialists, but it also will help them prepare enhanced resumes and portfolios, and assist them in obtaining employment.

Student stipends are still available at all three training levels. For more information, call 581-6061.