WESTMINSTER - Carroll Community College has received a major grant for $102,066 from the U.S. Department of Education to train 112 county school teachers and counselors in alcohol and drug prevention and early intervention.
The grant from the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act will be matched with an additional $10,757 from the college for expansion of its Institute for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education.
"This is simply a continuation of a program that was started last year," said Brian Lockard, assistant superintendent of instruction for the public schools.
"We had a weeklong, outstanding training workshop for two teachers from every public school in the county last June to show them how to work with youngsters with drug and alcohol problems and spot potential problem students."
Lockard noted that the program is part of the public schools' effort in raising teachers' awareness of substance abuse problems, not only by spotting those students who already have a problem, but in identifying at-risk students and preventing substance abuse.
Those teachers who participated in the workshop last June then took back the information they learned to their schools and PTAs.
The 1991 workshop will involve almost twice as many educators, including counselors, other school personnel and even private schools who are interested in participating, said Marjorie Lohnes, CCPS supervisor of Home Economics and Health.
CCC created the institute last February through a community problem solving grant from United Way of Central Maryland. Karen Merkle, director of Continuing Education and Community Services and project director at CCC, said the grant was an endorsement of the county's cooperative approach to planning the institute.
And while only five CCC instructors also participated in last summer's workshop, 22 faculty members already have expressed interest in the 1991 program, added Dee Wright, institute coordinator.
The new grant will allow for a small stipend to be paid to participating teachers, establish a comprehensive alcohol and drug resource center at the CCC library, generate additional non-credit college courses for the community and disseminate information from the institute to other jurisdictions through articles to educational journals.
Next year's participants in the workshop also will receive additional assistance in coordinating their activities with other school-based prevention efforts through a new school-community substance abuse prevention coordinator at the public schools.
"What we would really like, eventually, is to have every teacher trained in this workshop," Lohnes said.