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College’s Efforts To Help Both Students And The Community During COVID-19

Posted May 5, 2020 at 8:38 am

To help with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the community, Penn Highlands Community College students, faculty, and administration are striving to inform, donate, and connect with each other in unique ways during these difficult times.

Laura Gaunt, Instructor of Health Care Professions and Patient Care Technician Program Coordinator, donated isolation gowns, gloves, masks, and caps to the Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring, PA (just south of Altoona). The Patient Care Technician program is a one-semester certificate program that trains students in basic patient care by teaching emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of caregiving.

“With Penn Highlands’ facilities currently closed, it only made sense to donate these items since students would not be using them,” stated Gaunt. “We’re glad we were able to help.”

Here are just a few more ways that Penn Highlands Community College is ensuring that their students, faculty, administration, and community are staying healthy, productive, and positive during this unprecedented time in history:

  • Faculty are going above and beyond to help their students with their online classes by creating innovative ZOOM and chat classroom teaching techniques.
  • Student Services is working with Marketing & Communications to develop short informational and uplifting videos for students. These videos range from mental and physical wellness, to crafts, time management, and virtual studying ideas.
  • The Admissions Office is working to virtually connect and meet with all new prospective students for the upcoming semester. All virtual Admissions events can be accessed here.
  • A Virtual Awards Ceremony honoring outstanding students in academia was held on the college’s website and social media on Friday, April 24th.
  • Penn Highlands is planning a virtual Commencement for all graduates on Friday, May 15th.

Penn Highlands Community College is continuously monitoring the rapidly changing situation related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and have taken numerous steps in response to the pandemic. For additional information regarding campus events and online classes, please visit our coronavirus section.