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The Maricopa Community Colleges Come Together in Response to COVID-19

From donating medical supplies and equipment to volunteering on the front lines, MCCCD faculty and staff are proud to support the community during COVID-19.

TEMPE, AZ, April 21, 2020 — In an effort to bring relief to the Arizona community, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), has displayed inspiring acts of compassion to assist those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We understand the fear and anxiety that has come from COVID-19. Our Colleges are helping our community in every way that we can. We’re proud of our students for continuing their academics, and we’re honored to support those in need,” said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, MCCCD Interim Chancellor. “Our Colleges and our operations are motivated by the belief that we should help all people, no matter the circumstances, and today I’m proud to be a part of something much bigger than Higher Education. We’re embracing and activating our community of scholars, teachers, healthcare workers, visionaries, leaders, and the truly brave.”

How the Maricopa Community Colleges have helped Arizona
Chandler-Gilbert Community College has organized a list of basic food and assistance needs and continued food assistance programs by compiling every organization in the East Valley that is offering Emergency Food Boxes to families and individuals in need. For more information, visit the East Valley Community Resources website.

Estrella Mountain Community College has loaned nearly 500 school laptops to provide students with the resources they need to succeed while the campus is closed due to COVID-19. Additionally, EMCC donated more than $3,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Banner Del Webb Medical Center in Sun City.

GateWay Community College has loaned more than 120 laptops and nearly 100 hotspots to students to help them transition to remote learning. GateWay has also donated more than $3,300 in supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to various healthcare partners in the Valley. Including a ventilator and test lung equipment, valued at more than $260,000, was lent to Dignity Health-Chandler Regional Medical Center. For a full list of donated supplies, please see their website here.

Glendale Community College (GCC) is delivering supplies to the front door of a local Emergency Room. In total, GCC has donated 300 isolation gowns, 12,000 alcohol wipes, 400 Bouffant Hats, 350 face masks, 200 Shoe covers, and 7 cases of gloves.

Mesa Community College, in collaboration with their Nursing and Life Sciences Department, has donated 416 items, including over 15,000 protective gloves to Mesa, Scottsdale, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College Police, Banner Baywood and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Other items include twenty N-95 respirators, hand sanitizer, protective polywear blue gowns, and disposable lab coats and aprons. MCC has also prepared 506 devices for students, staff, and faculty, which include 391 laptops and 50 iPads for students and 65 laptops for staff and faculty.

To help provide much-needed supplies, the nursing program at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) has donated personal protective equipment to the State of Arizona for battling COVID-19. PVCC gathered nearly $2,000 worth of equipment including more than forty N-95 masks, 50 gowns, 300 face masks, 2,100 pairs of gloves and 30 PPE kits (a set includes gloves, a gown, a mask, and protective headgear) to help alleviate the shortage in the greater Phoenix area.

Phoenix College is also doing its part to combat this problem by donating $8,000 worth of PPE’s from its Allied Health programs to local community partners. The college is currently redistributing personal protection equipment from its Phlebotomy and Medical Lab Technology programs to help those in the medical field during this crisis. Phoenix College has donated gloves, gowns, face shields, and masks to its community partners, which includes St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital Clinical Laboratory, and Chandler Regional Hospital. The school is also loaning two ventilators to medical professionals. Additionally, many paramedic students have offered to join the field to help.

Rio Salado College has also helped the community by donating food from their very own Rio Cafe and Rio Gardens to families in need and to anyone who is having challenges obtaining fresh produce. Their Dental program has also donated four boxes of N-95 high filtration masks to MCCCD Police Officers, and the College continues to raise funding for emergency scholarships, textbooks, ebooks, and online tools to support adult education students in virtual environments.

A student recently shared with Kate Smith, Rio Salado Interim President, “I wanted to reach out to not only you but everyone who helped me out recently, with providing me with my school books and lab kit, the food and the scholarship. Everything that was provided to me has helped me out tremendously. I am able to successfully complete my courses this semester now that I have been blessed with so much support. I appreciate everything you all have done for me. Thank you.”

Scottsdale Community College has also been fast-acting in its response to COVID-19. Many of their Nursing faculty are using their time to work on the frontlines at the hospitals. They are helping patients in Intensive Care Units and the Emergency Room.

Lastly, the increasing number of cases in Arizona has motivated South Mountain Community College Engineering professor, Dr. Carl Whitesel, to open the SMCC Engineering Lab to 3D print protective masks. As a response to the protective mask shortage and a state-of-the-art Engineering Lab, Dr. Carl Whitesel began the process to open the lab and test the first 3D-printed mask in efforts to help protect our SMCC Public Safety Officers.

The Maricopa Community Colleges will continue to share supplies with front line workers across the Valley. For more information on food resources and basic needs please visit our website.

Thank you to the entire community for staying home and taking care of your health and well-being.

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Media Contact: Dasi Danzig, 480-268-6766, dasi.danzig@domail.maricopa.edu

About the Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa County Community College District includes 10 regionally-accredited colleges - Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs.

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