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CFCC’s Human Services Technology Program Awarded $5,000 Education and Outreach Grant

Human Services Technology - Substance AbuseWILMINGTON, NC – Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that the Human Services Technology program has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP). NCPGP is funded by the North Carolina Education Lottery and supported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am proud of Dr. LaTonya Niang, program director, and the Human Services Technology program for their commitment to educating and counseling our students about addiction. Many people may not be aware that a gambling addiction can be as destructive as drugs or alcohol,” said Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Mary Ellen Naylor. “Outreach is essential to raising awareness about the seriousness of this addiction.”

The grant is designed to help colleges promote problem gambling education and outreach to students, faculty, and staff. The program follows a three-pronged approach focusing on screening for problem gambling, outreach programs, and policy changes to include a campus-wide policy on gambling.

“In addition to peer educator training for CFCC’s Human Services students, the grant will also facilitate on-campus presentations regarding alcohol, gambling addiction, and mental health,” Dr. Niang shares. “Our goal is to present this information to at least 150 students on campus.”

“CFCC continues to seek opportunities to educate and to reach our students, as well as our community,” adds CFCC President Jim Morton. “This grant is another example of how dedicated our faculty is to seeking additional resources that will enhance our programs.”

To learn more about CFCC’s Human Services Technology program, visit cfcc.edu/human-services-technology/ .

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