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
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.