As the Governor signed the Stay at Home order to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan every institution for learning had to quickly adjust to online remote learning, and colleges were no different. Michigan college responses to COVID-19 have been a show of the heart each institution has. Many of the frontline responders started their education and training at a community college and university, and now it is these same institutions that have donated time, materials, and finances to their communities. From faculty members to students everyone has stepped up to help fight during this global crisis.
Mott Community College
With the need for more ventilators on the rise, Mott Community College quickly stepped up and offered to donate their ventilators that were used for learning purposes. These ventilators went to local hospitals after they were sanitized and passed inspections from biomedical experts to ensure they are functioning properly.
Henry Ford Community College
As the shortage of ventilators and personal protective equipment became more apparent on the frontlines of local hospitals, Henry Ford Community College gathered what supplies they had and donated them. They were able to donate ventilators that are used by the college of health sciences and extra PPE to donate as well, including masks, N95 masks, gowns, head and shoe coverings, and more.
Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College has had a positive response in reaching out and serving during the crisis. Faculty and students have 3D printed face masks to donate to healthcare workers. They also teamed up with Joseph Mercy Hospital for a blood drive to help meet the shortages. The health sciences department donated all of their personal protective equipment to local hospitals.
Oakland University in Michigan has been among the first institutions that has unveiled plans for moving forward in the fall for on-campus learning. From holding classes in larger more open venues to testing students frequently to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they will do what it takes to safely get their students back to their studies. Other institutions may follow a similar outline to allow them to reopen and have in-person classes, which may look much different from how they were taught before.
Oakland University converted its student center to serve as an emergency food distribution site to help vulnerable community members and converted its student housing space to temporarily house the frontline health care and first responders who wanted to isolate from family members to minimize risk of spreading the virus. In addition, students from the School of Engineering are creating face shields and costume shop employees and students from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance have stepped up to make masks for distribution to the OU community.
Macomb Community College
To assist students while they are attending school remotely, Macomb Community College has made it possible for students to borrow laptops and have access to WiFi to enable them to accomplish this. Students are able to borrow laptops through the summer terms as long as they are enrolled in classes.
Bay Mills Community College
The rapid spread of coronavirus has caused many students to lose their jobs and there has developed a great financial need for students at institutions for higher learning. Bay Mills Community College has an emergency fund set up where students can apply for a one time $500 financial aid grant to help them during this time. This can go towards rent, food, school-related expenses, etc.
Central Michigan University
Students and staff of Central Michigan University have stepped up to help local hospitals during a shortage of personal protective equipment while the pandemic sweeps across the country. Students of the College of Arts and Media along with the College of Education and Human Services have teamed up to create a rigid version of N95 masks with replaceable filters. They have been 3D printing these masks to donate to healthcare workers. At the same time, students of the Fashion Merchandising and Design have been sewing surgical masks to donate.
Eastern Michigan University
Faculty, staff, and students at Eastern Michigan University have created a community of members that are all helping make PPE for healthcare workers in their communities. They are involved in making masks, parts for masks, face shields, and other personal protective equipment. Volunteers are sewing fabric masks for those in the community while others are 3D printing face shields for those working on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Lake Michigan College
As classes have moved to an online format at Lake Michigan College students in healthcare classes will not be using the personal protective equipment they would have if they were on campus. Those colleges have donated all the personal protective equipment to local hospitals and facilities that are needing it at this time.
Once again, we see how much society needs community colleges not only as a source of education and training but also as a source that can organize and provide needed materials during a time of crisis. These institutions have donated ventilators, personal protective equipment, organized blood drives, sewn masks, and so much more. The Michigan community college responses to COVID-19 have proven to be timely, well-organized and a show of human compassion during a critical fight during a pandemic.
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