Dixie College has been awarded a $149,547 grant from the U.S. Department of Education aimed at curbing drug abuse.

The grant was one of nearly 100 grants totaling $9.7 million awarded to colleges and universities nationwide.The funding will allow the institutions to conduct surveys to determine the levels of campus drug abuse and the effectiveness of prevention programs.

It also will allow them to hold prevention workshops and seminars, provide peer counseling services and create classes in alternatives to drug use such as stress-reduction techniques.