Now more than ever community 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 Mississippi have helped ease the supply shortage, trained and educated frontline nurses and EMTs, provided volunteers for food banks and so much more. Community 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 Mississippi!
1. Northwest Mississippi Community College
As classes for spring and summer terms have transitioned to a remote, online delivery method, Northwest Mississippi Community College has taken this opportunity to serve those in their community that needs it most.
Faculty and staff have gathered all the PPE that is usually used in their nursing simulation labs and other departments on campus to donate to local hospitals and first responders. Items included masks, isolation gowns, gloves, head, and shoe coverings, and surgical masks. They also partnered with Senatobia Main Street to host a blood drive.
2. Mississippi State University
As hospitals across the country are running short on necessary ventilators to treat patients of COVID 19, Mississippi State University has stepped up to help fill that shortage. The veterinary program at MSU has loaned two ventilators to the local hospital treating patients of COVID 19. These two particular ventilators are identical to what the hospital currently has and is using to treat patients.
3. The University of Mississippi Medical Center
Doctor Robertson of The University of Mississippi Medical Center began developing affordable ventilators as he watched the Coronavirus spread across China and into Europe. He developed a ventilator using parts that are easily found and cost $100 to build.
Faculty and staff were able to build 170 emergency ventilators now known as Robertson Ventilators from his blueprints.
These have been used to increase the local hospital’s capacity to treat COVID 19 patients.
4. Hinds Community College
As COVDI 19 sweeps across the globe, a severe supply shortage of personal protective equipment has ensued.
Hinds Community College has stepped up to do their part in fighting COVID 19 and keeping healthcare workers and first responders safe during this time.
While the campus is closed to in-person learning, faculty and staff have gathered the PPE on campus in departments that use it for labs and donated everything to local hospitals and first responders.
Items they donated included gloves, masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns, head, and shoe coverings, and more.
5. East Central Community College
East Central Community College has gathered and donated personal protective equipment that the departments typically use while the course is in session on campus. During the supply shortage and wanting to do their part faculty of East Central Community College has gathered gloves, isolation gowns, masks, and more to donate to local hospitals and first responders. East Central Community College has also designated free WiFi parking lots to help students have access to reliable high -speed internet while they complete their course online.
6. Mississippi Delta Community College
As a result of COVID 19 and Governor’s orders to stay home, Mississippi Delta Community College has transitioned all of their courses to an online delivery method. Noting that not all students have access to reliable internet they have designated parking lots that have free WiFi for students and members of the community to use during this time. This ensures that they can still access their course material and complete assignments online.
7. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College moved to an online delivery method for spring and summer terms as COVDI 19 caused stay at home orders to be put in place. As these changes unfolded it became clear that not every student had access to reliable high-speed internet to allow them to continue their courses in this manner.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College enabled a free WiFi parking lot to assist with this problem. Students can access their course material online at one of the designated parking lots.
Community colleges’ responses to COVID 19 in Mississippi have proven the essential role they play in communities in which they are apart. These institutions have provided courses for students to ensure their well-being during uncertain times, they have selflessly donated thousands of items of PPE and ventilators. Communities have benefitted greatly from the role of these unique and affordable institutions play.
Please contact us if you have any other colleges in Mississippi that have made an impact on COVID 19.