Technical College System of Georgia Providing Assistance to the State to Combat Coronavirus
Network of colleges donating supplies, offering services to frontline workers and community
ATLANTA, GA—The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) is responding to the needs of communities impacted by the effects of the Coronavirus through its network of 22 colleges all across Georgia. TCSG colleges are helping Georgia’s healthcare system combat the spread of the Coronavirus by donating medical supplies, transporting essential items, and providing much-needed services for frontline workers and the community.
“Our technical colleges have a history of being great community partners,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “This unprecedented healthcare crisis is bringing out the best in Georgians and the contributions made by our colleges is one more example of that spirit that will ultimately lead us to defeating this dreaded virus.”
TCSG colleges have donated more than 50 ventilators to healthcare systems as the number of Georgians infected by COVID-19 increases. In addition, many colleges are utilizing their CDL tractor-trailer trucks to transport supplies across the state to areas most in need. Other items being donated include tens of thousands of nitrile gloves, hundreds of N95 masks, gowns, and hand sanitizers, among other items.
The donations by the colleges are going to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, local hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.
Beginning April 6, Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) will be providing childcare support for critical frontline healthcare workers at the CGTC Child Development Center on the Warner Robins campus. CGTC is also collaborating with the American Red Cross to host blood drives at the CGTC Health Science Building on Cohen Walker Drive in Warner Robins from 12-5 p.m. on April 8, 15, 17, 23, and 28. In addition, Southern Regional Technical College in Tifton is providing a mobile COVID-19 testing facility that is being run by the local health department for those who have referrals.
The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.