As hospitals and personal care facilities seek donations of personal protective equipment, Butler County Community College is stepping up.
BC3 announced they are donating equipment, known as PPE, to the Butler Health System and Concordia Lutheran Ministries.
Dr. Patty Annear, dean of BC3’s Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health said the effort exemplifies BC3’s response to a need in the community.
“Right now we don’t have (face-to-face) classes and we don’t have nursing students who are using these lab supplies,” Annear said. “We felt it was necessary to put the equipment to good use and to keep it in the community.”
Annear estimates BC3 contributed three 50-count boxes of thin cotton head coverings; 70 boxes of 50 to 100 pairs of surgical, nonsterile, latex or latex-free gloves; 200 disposable isolation gowns; seven 50-count boxes of surgical masks; and four 50-count boxes of 4-inch by 4-inch dressings.
BC3 on Monday began remote instruction for all credit and noncredit courses in a format that will continue through the rest of the spring 2020 semester.
Community colleges, Dr. Belinda Richardson, BC3’s vice president for academic affairs said, should have strong ties to their communities.
“In addition to strengthening the economy by sending a pipeline of well-trained talent into the workforce, our role also includes serving as a rare resource equipped to respond to various needs in the community,” Richardson said.