Now more than ever colleges are living up to their name, as they serve their local communities in a way that only they are capable of as they unite in fighting COVID 19.
The colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Kansas have helped ease the supply shortage, trained and educated frontline nurses and EMTs, provided volunteers for food banks and so much more. Colleges are an essential thread of American society that has proven again their ability to step up and serve those within the local community in unique and important ways.
Here are the Colleges Responses to COVID 19 in Kansas!
1. Johnson County Community College
During the unprecedented time of COVID 19, Johnson County Community College has stepped up to serve their community in a way that only they can. Johnson has gathered all the PPE on campus that is usually used during lab simulations to donate to local hospitals. Since they are home to respiratory care and neurodiagnostic technology programs they have many of the life-saving equipment needed at this time to care for patients of COVID 19. They have loaned out 9 of their respiratory ventilators, lab supplies, and ventilator circuits.
They have donated PPE, sanitizer, wipes, spray, face shields, N95 masks, isolations gowns, safety goggles, gloves, and more. The hospitality and culinary program gathered and donated food that was scheduled to be used in class instructions to Hope Faith Ministries. Dining Services also collected all of their perishable food items and donated them to Cross-Line Community Outreach.
2. Butler Community College
Butler Community College responded to the call for help. When the supply shortage hit home and local hospitals and clinics were short of personal protective equipment, Butler gathered all of the PPE on campus to donate to those who need it most at this time. The nursing program had supplies like masks, gowns, and gloves but they went through every department on campus to gather any unused PPE they could find. Their total donation exceeded $5K in personal protective equipment. This donation was made to the Kansas Medical Center. Items included N05 masks, isolation gowns, gloves, head and shoe covers, face shields, and disposable lab coats. Butler also loaned needed ventilators to help with the shortage of respiratory care machines to treat patients of COVID 19.
3. Kansas State University
Students and faculty of Kansas State University have sewn custom face masks for healthcare workers and community members. The College of Architecture planning and design have developed and printed face shields to donate to healthcare workers and first responders.
With 4 3-D printers, they make 30 face shields per day. Most of the sewing and printing of face shields have been completed by students desiring to do their part to fight COVID 19 and slow the spread.
4. Kansas City Kansas Community College
While many have been negatively impacted by the financial fallout of COVID 19, Kansas City Kansas Community College recognizes that many of their students have also fallen victim to the loss of jobs with campus closing due to the pandemic. Kansas City Kansas Community College has set up an emergency student fund to help offset some of the financial hardship students might be facing. These funds can be used to help pay for housing, food, and school-related expenses.
5. Donnelly College
Donnelly College has transitioned to a remote online delivery method for spring and summer terms as many other colleges have. As many college students have experienced financial difficulty during the stay at home orders across the country, Donnelly College has used the CARES Act funds to aid students up to $500 per each student, Students can apply for further financial aid if they feel they need more.
With more than one-third of adults in Kansas studying at a community college, these institutions play a critical role in the educational and economic thread of Kansas. Now more than ever these institutions have stepped up to prove how critical they are to society. With the community colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Kansas playing a key role in gathering and mobilizing thousands of items of personal protective equipment for frontline responders. These institutions have played a huge role in protecting the communities of Kansas.