With more than 70 colleges training nurses in Texas, these colleges have been preparing those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Texas college responses to COVID-19 have been positive and uplifting with service its the heart. College students are among the most affected during this time of uncertainty, but many have turned to service and early entry to help on the frontlines. They have stepped up to serve in their communities.
Nursing graduates of Brookhaven College have been called to the frontlines of the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic fight. When the call for more emergency medical supplies came, Brookhaven College quickly responded along with other community colleges, donating supplies.
McLennon Community College has closed its buildings to traditional learning as most have during the pandemic. During this time the college has made WiFi available for students in select parking lots to allow them to take their online courses.
While students of San Jacinto College are attending classes remotely, faculty and staff have recognized that there might be a great need among their students for food and access to veteran services. During this time those in need of food distribution and veteran services can inform staff online and have access to the help they need.
Students and faculty of Lamar Institute of Technology are resilient, they have survived Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Depression Imelda and are prepared to survive this pandemic and its effects as well. With the CARES Act, Lamar is poised to provide students with scholarships that will aid them in their current and future educational pursuits.
The students in the department of theater and dance at UTEP have answered the call to sew masks for residents in assisted living centers. They have sewed hundreds of masks and donated them to multiple agencies in multiple states.
At Texas Woman’s University, students have volunteered to deliver personal protective equipment to hospitals as part of the Med Supply Drive. They have gathered unused donations of PPEs from research facilities, tattoo shops, hair salons and other places to deliver them to where they are needed most, the hospitals fighting COVID-19.
During this time of self-isolation, students of the University of Texas-San Antonio have created a webinar that allows students to connect. During this hour of virtual conversations, students can share their experiences and reflect on them during this public health crisis. They have been encouraged to explore what compassion means to us as a community during this time of social distancing. They hope to help people learn from this experience and connect as a community.
While students of Central Texas College attend classes remotely in an online format the college is following the guidelines of the CDC. To help with students that don’t have reliable internet to attend online courses, the school has made WiFi available in select parking lots so students can attend their online courses.
Ranger College has responded to COVID-19 in much the same manner as many other institutions for higher learning, except now they are offering a free college course for those displaced workers due to COVID-19. The course runs during their Maymester, Summer A and Summer B semesters, and will be offered in an online format.
At Northwest Vista College all classes have gone to an online format, but to help students have the technology they need to access their courses the school has offered every student the opportunity to check out a school laptop to use for their remote learning.
As mental health concerns continue to rise with the state of the pandemic, Clarendon College has created a plan to help students that are now attending class remotely to stay mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy.
Howard College has created online surveys and request forms to better help students receive what they need during this time, from masks to food. Howard College wants to ensure the safety of its students even while they are attending classes remotely during this time.
As more students are facing hardships due to the pandemic, Victoria College has stepped up with various ways to help students facing those hardships. Using the CARES Act funds among other college funds, students are encouraged to apply and reach out as soon as possible to ensure they receive the help they need.
As students prepared to transition to an online learning format Tyler Junior Community College set up a fund to help students have access to necessary laptops and internet to enable them to continue their education remotely. These funds will not need to be repaid by the students and will help them during this time.
To help alleviate some of the expense, Paris Junior College is offering free shipping on all books and free ebooks on all rentals for textbooks. Students also have access to parking lots with free WiFi during this time.
During this time of needed adaptation and social distancing, community colleges’ responses to COVID-19 in Texas have shown how quickly we can adapt and serve those in our community.
From donating food, sewing masks, delivering much needed PPE’s and helping keep students mentally healthy these colleges have shown the strength of the American people during times of crisis.
Have you noticed a Texas college’s good deeds in response to COVID-19? Feel free to let us know so we can add them to our list!