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(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College is a recipient of the TIPS Award of Excellence from Health Communications, Inc., Providers of the Training for Intervention Procedures Programs.  The award was bestowed by the President and CEO of Health Communications, Inc. and was determined by an internal committee based on feedback from Master Trainers, TIPS Trainers, and participants in the TIPS courses.

“Ramapo has repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to preventing the misuse of alcohol on their campus and in their community by training their students in the TIPS program,” said Vice President of Health Communications, Inc. Trevor Estelle.

TIPS teaches students intervention skills to prevent alcohol-related problems such as intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking among their peers. The three-part program covers three areas: Information or signs of intoxication,  the factors that affect absorption of alcohol, intervention strategies, state-specific laws relating to alcohol, and other topics; Skills Training that helps students develop abilities to assess behavior and intoxication levels; and Practice and Rehearsal wherein students use the information and skills that they have learned in exercises that challenge their ability to effectively intervene in difficult alcohol-related settings.

Recognizing that students are in the best position to educate other students regarding the negative effects of high-risk drinking, the College implemented the TIPS program. Since the inception of the program in January 2011, 33 TIPS classes have been offered. They are available several times during the fall and spring semesters.  College staff, trained by TIPS personnel, conduct the training. The first year of the program more than 90% of students living in age-appropriate housing that allows alcohol received training.

“The goal of training the majority of students who live in alcohol-allowed housing was no small undertaking,” said Judith Green, director of the Center for Health and Counseling Services and chair of the President’s Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Committee.  “I am proud of the dedication and hard work of the TIPS trainers for their commitment to making this goal a reality

Ramapo College of New Jersey is committed to providing a safe and healthy living and learning environment for all members of the community and to reducing the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use.  TIPS is one of many environmental management strategies the College utilizes as part of its comprehensive Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program.

For more information about Ramapo College’s TIPS Procedures, please visit the Health and Counseling Services: TIPS Web page at https://www.ramapo.edu/chcs/tips/.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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