As many communities have pulled together and shown how much more can be accomplished when we are unified, Tennessee community college responses to COVID-19 have proven just how important this is during this time of crisis. Community colleges have always been important as institutions for higher learning but recently their efforts to mobilize the donations of much-needed supplies and ventilators have proved just how imperative they can be. These institutions are also responsible for educating and training the first responders and many nurse professionals that Tennessee has relied upon through the pandemic.
Pellissippi Community College
The staff at Pellissippi Community College has used their 3D printers to manufacture face shields with adjustable headbands to donate to frontline healthcare workers for added protection. While the campus is closed during the pandemic they have utilized equipment and skills to assist during this time.
Columbia Community College
Columbia Community College has gathered isolation gowns, gloves, face masks, and face shields to donate to local hospitals. During this time when students normally would have been participating in clinical experiences, the college found they had a lot of PPE on hand that they gladly donated to local hospitals in need.
Austin Peay State University
Austin Peay State University has united with many other institutions in gathering and donating personal protective equipment to help local hospitals in this time of need. They too have gathered PPE that is typically used in their classes and clinical experiences.
Nashville State Community College
Nashville State Community College is offering a tuition-free semester for students currently enrolled in summer semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial fallout that has ensued for many, Nashville State Community College is offering this unique opportunity to encourage students to continue their education amid the pandemic.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
Every campus belonging to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology has united to gather any personal protective equipment they have on their campuses to donate to local hospitals that are currently fighting COVID-19. While many hospitals are experiencing shortages of the necessary equipment to protect first responders, TCAT has donated all the supplies their campuses had on hand that would have been used in training nurses during this time.
Volunteer State Community College
Currently, the Volunteer Community College has loaned out ventilators that are usually used by the Respiratory Care Program to local hospitals during the pandemic. They also gathered and donated PPE to Sumner Regional Medical Center. This equipment included N95 masks, gloves, gowns, face shield, and Tyvek suits.
Southwest Tennessee Community College
As nearly all institutions have turned to an online learning format many students have needed laptops to enable them to continue with their education. Southwest Tennessee Community College has made it possible for students needing a device to check out chrome books to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jackson State Community College
As these trying times are requiring cooperation and a unified effort to curb COVID-19, Jackson State Community College has gathered and donated PPE to West Tennessee Healthcare. They have also arranged to loan out their ventilators should the need arise and the demand grow beyond the inventory currently in stock.
Vanderbilt University has joined with other research institutions in providing research and technology in fighting COVID-19. A student emergency fund has also been set up to provide students with financial aid during this time. This fund helps students with housing, food, and college expenses during this time since many students have lost jobs and are unable to meet their financial obligations due to the pandemic.
Community colleges continue to be an essential thread of American society as institutions for learning, training, and now mobilizing for necessary PPE. Tennessee community college responses to COVID-19 have proven just how much good these institutions can do in addition to educating their students.
Know of another Tennessee college response to COVID-19? Let us know! We would love to recognize institutions that are willing to help.