Community College Receives Grant

October 05, 1990

Anne Arundel Community College recently received a 26-month, $82,844 federal grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education to establish a substance abuse prevention program for faculty, staff and students.

The Office of Campus Substance Abuse Education, in Room 111 of the Student Services Center on the Arnold campus, recently opened, and will offer free information, assessment and referrals to students and employees at the college. The office is headed by the college's new director of substance abuse education and associate English professor David McDowell.

The college, which is contributing $188,00 to the program over the next two years, will work to educate faculty, staff and students to prevent or halt substance abuse and the chemical dependency which may follow. The approach will also focus on means of interrupting behavior patterns to lessen of prevent the effects of substances.

During an eight-month sabbatical to acquire skills to run the office, McDowell developed two training manuals to be distributed to campus supervisors and student advisers. The books will help in the detection of possible alcohol or drug abuse in its early stages.

In the future, free lectures on substance abuse are planned, as well as informative publications, assistance plans and more. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information: 541-2527.

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