Faculty members from the North Orange Continuing Education’s (NOCE) Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician Programs gathered personal protective equipment (PPE) from their classrooms and inventory on Friday to donate to a local hospital amid the outcry for needed medical supplies during this COVID-19/Coronavirus health emergency. Professors Catherine Dunne and Jennifer Oo pulled together two carloads of materials and donated them to Anaheim Regional Medical Center, a hospital that is less than five minutes away from the NOCE Anaheim Campus.
“It was just the right thing to do,” said Jennifer Oo, professor in NOCE’s Medical Assistant Program. “As a nurse, I wanted to do something to support our fellow practitioners who are on the front lines helping people every day. As an educator, I wanted to demonstrate to our students and community that it’s important to do what we can to give back to our industry in times of need like this,” said Oo.
And she wasn’t alone. Career Technical Education Program Director Raine Hambly and NOCE President Valentina Purtell immediately approved the donation and expedited access to the Anaheim Campus to collect the supplies. Since March 16, 2020, all NOCE Centers have been closed until further notice due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis. NOCE is currently working to transition all in-person courses to online instruction by the start of the 2020 Spring Term, which is set to begin on April 13.
“We teach students skills for both in-patient (hospitals) and out-patient (stand-alone pharmacy) settings, so we have all of the proper personal protective equipment that are used in healthcare facilities,” said Pharmacy Technician Professor Catherine Dunne. Dunne, who has many alumni working in nearby health-related businesses, contacted a former student who works for Anaheim Regional Medical Center (ARMC) to ask if they were taking donations. The NOCE alumna responded with a “YES!” and helped to work out the details for the donation. Currently, three NOCE alumni from the pharmacy technician program are working at ARMC.
NOCE donated to Anaheim Regional Medical Center the following items: isolation gowns, alcohol, germicide wipes, germicide spray, exam gloves, surgical gloves, ear loop masks, face shields, surgical shoe covers, and surgical hats.
A member of North Orange County Community College District, which also includes Cypress College and Fullerton College, North Orange Continuing Education has been cultivating change since 1973 with educational programs and services from high school completion, English-language acquisition, vocational training, and self-development programs. NOCE serves 28,000 students annually, ranging from preschoolers to seniors, at three Center locations and more than 100 off-campus community locations. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and part of the California Community College System, all NOCE courses are approved by the State of California.
This article was released by North Orange Continuing Education.