Students on two Minnesota State Community and Technical College campuses will benefit from a grant designed to cut underage alcohol and marijuana abuse by Minnesota college students.
Grant funds through the federal Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (PFS) were awarded to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. DHS in turn is partnering with the M State campuses in Fergus Falls and Moorhead, along with Carleton College, Minnesota State University Mankato, Winona State University, St. Cloud Technical & Community College and Rainy River Community College.
The Fergus Falls and Moorhead campuses are scheduled to receive $234,000 in PFS grant funds.
M State Dean of Student Success Shawn Anderson said the M State campuses were selected for PFS grants on the basis of health data collected annually in surveys of college students statewide through the University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Services.
“The primary focus of this five-year grant is prevention through evidence-based strategies,” Anderson said. “We’ll be using data specific to each campus to determine the best prevention strategies for each campus.”
M State is currently in the process of hiring grant-funded program coordinators, one in Fergus Falls and one in Moorhead. Planning for the campaigns will begin this spring, after coordinators are hired, and implementation will begin in July 2016.
As part of the process of developing evidenced-based strategies, M State will be creating coalitions that include community members along with college students, faculty and staff.
“The goal is to create an awareness so students have accurate information about marijuana and alcohol use and its effects,” Anderson said.