[BEAVER, W.Va.] When New River Community and Technical College moved spring classes online in March, faculty and staff began looking at the personal protective equipment (PPE) that the college had on-hand and talking to clinical partners about their needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Masks and gloves are things that many of the college’s healthcare programs keep for use in our labs,” explained JoAnna Perry, director of the college’s practical nursing program. “With programs not meeting on campus and a local demand, we wanted to help out those on the frontlines.”

The licensed practical nursing program donated ten new boxes of gloves and four new boxes of surgical masks to the doctors and nurses at Fairview Health Associates in Summersville.

The medical laboratory technician program donated ten boxes of gloves, one box of N95 respirators, five gowns and a box of surgical masks to the Villages at Greystone in Beaver to aid the facility in caring for a vulnerable population.

New River CTC will continue with course offerings online for the summer semester.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).

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