TNCC Receives Grant from Department of Alcoholic Beverages to Implement Alcohol Awareness Program

Published: October 18, 2007

The Thomas Nelson Community College Department of Police & Security Services has received a $7,498 grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) Operation Undergrad program to assist in implementing an alcohol awareness and prevention educational program during the College’s 2007-08 academic year. This program will be the College’s first comprehensive, on-going educational program which is specifically targeted to reach students under the age of 21.

The first event, Soberfest 2007, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the College’s Hampton campus featuring an ABC representative demonstrating Fatal Vision Goggles which simulate the varying degrees of intoxication and physical impairment. Other activities include a movie about underage and high-risk drinking and a game show modeled after television’s Family Feud. Presenters will be on hand providing information and educational brochures, posters and giveaway items for participants.

On Oct. 30, 2007, a similar Soberfest 2007 event will be held at the College’s Historic Triangle campus from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the lounge area.

Operation Undergrad is a grant program designed to assist colleges and universities with developing and enhancing collaborative partnerships among college and local law enforcement departments, regional ABC offices, community organizations, and college substance abuse coordinators. Virginia ABC awards grants, up to $7,500 per grant, to college law enforcement and substance abuse offices.

Funding for the ABC Operation Undergrad Grant is made possible through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Jennifer Walker in the Department of Police and Security is the project manager.
Release #07-1063

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