As communities unite in the fight against COVID-19, Georgia community college responses to COVID-19 have shown the care that these institutions have for their students beyond the classroom.
Many of the nurses and first responders received their training and degrees from these colleges, and they are now on the frontlines saving lives. When the community wass in need they gathered and donated supplies, used their resources and technology to create face shields, served the greater community through making and donating masks and so much more.
To raise funds to donate to the local food bank and first responders, students of the LaGrange College Sports Medicine Club are hosting a video game tournament. There will be a small registration fee to enter the tournament and the winner receives a small cash prize, while the rest of the money will be donated.
Gwinnett Technical College
Gwinnett Technical College has been part of the community and a critical partner with the local healthcare system for many years, training nurses and first responders that work in the local community. Amid the pandemic crisis, Gwinnett has donated ventilators and medical supplies to GEMA. They donated 1,095 N95 masks, 160,000 gloves, and 10 ventilators.
Savannah Technical College
During this time when many people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and need to shelter in place, Savannah Technical College has arranged to offer online training and workshops free of charge through May and June. These trainings are focused on helping adult workers gain the necessary skills for other employment.
The costume supervisor at Georgia College wanted to help during the pandemic, so she took her skills as a seamstress to sewing face masks. She constructed 140 masks, 110 surgical, and N-95 face covers for Atlanta hospitals. She also constructed 30 N95 face masks for Eatonton Health and Rehabilitation Center. These have been made from leftover cotton fabric used for costumes in the theater department.
University of North Georgia
As the need for personal protective equipment at hospitals fighting COVID-19 continues to increase students, faculty, and alumni of the University of North Georgia have united with residents in the community to design and fabricate 3-D printed face shields to protect those on the frontlines caring for the patients of COVID 19.
Georgia Southern University
Students and alumni at Georgia Southern University that have a background in design have taken it upon themselves to sew fabric masks for those in their community and healthcare workers who may not have them. With thousands requesting these hand-sewn masks from qualified seamstresses, they have turned their skill set into a service for others.
Faculty members of different colleges at Augusta University have teamed up to develop and print face shields for healthcare workers of Augusta University health clinic. They used 3D printers and laser cutting machines to produce 10,000 face shields. These face shields are easy to clean and reusable when properly sterilized.
Georgia Tech has joined the fight to curb COVID-19 by donating 177K pieces of personal protective equipment to medical workers. They have also developed free designs and patterns for face masks people can make at home. Georgia Tech has also developed a simple and inexpensive emergency ventilator that is ready for mass production should they need it.
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University staff and faculty members developed a 3D printed face shield using technology at the college and materials donated by the architectural firm YSM Design. They produced 4,500 face masks to donate to local hospitals in need.
When there is not only a global crisis but a community crisis, it is the smaller community colleges that step up to serve those whom they educate and surround. The Georgia community college responses to COVID-19 have offered hope and irreplaceable help. They have proven again how important these institutions are to the inner fibers of American society. They prepare essential workers, they build up their community and they give back to society.
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