King has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing. He earned an associate’s degree from WC 35 years ago, he said. With a series of personal setbacks and pitfalls, he said he decided to become a substance abuse counselor and return to WC to obtain his associate’s degree in this field and plans to go on earn a bachelor’s and doctorate’s degrees in counseling.
“It is what my passion is,” he said. “I’ve really always wanted to do this. I want to teach this program.”
Denise Heister is currently a counselor with the Wise County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, who said she has been free of an alcohol and drug addiction eight years. “ I can go and talk to women in the Wise County Jail,” she said.
For information on WC’s Social Work/Substance Abuse Counseling course offerings go to www.wc.edu/programs-of-study/behavioral-science/.