College Corner: Sunday, March 15. 2009

Lori Howell

Lori Howell

KINGMAN - Lori Howell, a resident faculty member with the chemical dependency studies program at Mohave Community College, was named to the board of directors of the Mohave County Substance Abuse Treatment Education and Prevention Partnership. MSTEPP is distributing its first edition of the Mohave County Area Substance Abuse Treatment Community Resource Guide, which lists providers for substance abuse treatment as well as peer support and relapse prevention. The guides are free and will be available at police stations, sheriff's stations, health-care providers, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous offices and hospitals. The group is also distributing Prescription Abuse and Cough Syrup Abuse pamphlets designed to provide parents with needed information about these drugs. Prescription drug and cough syrup abuse have recently surpassed methamphetamine as the most common form of drug abuse among youth in Mohave County. MSTEPP is also continuing to advance its agenda to bring a residential treatment center to Mohave County. MSTEPP meetings are held at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Mohave Mental Health clinics in Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City via teleconference. For more information, call (928) 754-4060 or e-mail to info@mistepp.org. For more information on MCC's chemical dependency therapy program, call Howell at (928) 505-3373 or e-mail her at lhowell@mohave.edu.

KINGMAN - Old computers and computer scrap will be accepted for disposal on the Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City campuses of Mohave Community College on March 28 as a fundraiser for the MCC Computer Club. MC4 and employees of SunGard Higher Education, MCC's technology service provider, will take in scrap electronic equipment from 8 a.m. to noon on the Kingman and Lake Havasu City campuses, and from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bullhead City campus. The collection area will be the parking lots near Building 500 on each campus. The scrap will be loaded onto trucks and be taken to Westech Recycler of Phoenix, which donates 2 cents per pound back to MC4, which uses the funds for club projects. At the last semi-annual computer collection held in October, two trucks were filled with used and obsolete computer equipment. All donations are tax-deductible, and donors may obtain receipts, Siemens said. Donors are also asked to not bring small household appliances or televisions as they cannot be accepted. For more information on the recycling collection or about MC4, contact Siemens at (928) 757-0869 or e-mail him at bsiemens@mohave.edu or contract MC4 co-advisor Andra Goldberg at (928) 3015 or e-mail her at agoldberg@mohave.edu.

KINGMAN - The Golden Valley Fire Department and Mohave Community College agreed to give fire academy graduates college credit. The intergovernmental agreement signed on March 3 will give 10 hours of college credit at MCC. "This agreement benefits the college, the fire academy and Mohave County," MCC Chancellor Michael Kearns said. "All three entities gain from having more qualified and better educated firefighters on duty in our communities." Not only GVFD firefighters are trained at the academy. Academy graduates will have completed their Firefighter I and Firefighter II state certification, GVFD Chief Rudy Barboa said. "The GVFD Fire Fighter Academy is a one-year program and a chance for volunteers to enter the field while it is still affordable," Barboa said. "We want to help put something back into the communities, and the academy allows us to do that."