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SCC making face shields for the health community

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Kirby Taylor and Michael Howe assemble face shields.
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Hundreds of shields ready to go.
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Glenn Pasho helps assemble the shields.

Thousands of face shields have been assembled by Southeast Community College for local health facilities. Faculty from SCC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program helped develop the design once they received the materials.

“SCC as a whole makes the world a better place in the everyday things we do,” said Kirby Taylor, director of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. “It seemed natural for us to go forward with this, especially with our expertise in manufacturing.”

Employee volunteers assembled the shields this week at the Milford Campus. They have enough materials to make up to 2,500, with potential for more. Taylor said the shields are lightweight, which helps when they’re worn all day long. They also have a flexible frame and can be rolled up and stored.

“We feel these shields are much more user-friendly and will ultimately make the long days in the field for healthcare workers better,” Taylor added. “Lighter weight is less fatigue.”

The masks will be distributed to medical facilities in the College’s 15-county area, including Bryan Health and CHI St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, as well as long-term care facilities and medical offices.

The face shields are one of many projects SCC’s Community Action Team has taken on since COVID-19 to help the community during the pandemic.

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Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu