Local college crafting face shields for those on the front line during pandemic

BOWLING GREEN Ky.- The combination of polycarbonate material and transparency film form a useful item for healthcare workers and first responders.

Staff from the SouthCentral Kentucky Community and Technical College department of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies like Dr. Gene Basil are hard at work getting these face shields ready to deliver to local hospitals.

“We all feel great about being able to do something constructive and helpful for our healthcare workers. It’s very satisfying to be able to do our part,” Basil said.

Dr. Basil is being joined by a couple of volunteers from his department each day. He expects to produce around 400 masks a day.

“I think what our faculty and staff are doing right now just shows what we at SKYCTC call our culture of caring. So many of our programs are related to allied health and nursing. It’s a wonderful collaboration to see our advanced manufacturing technologies division begin to produce personal protection equipment that helps many of our graduates working on the front lines,” said SKYCTC provost Dr. James McCaslin.

It’s seen as a way to use skills and talents to give back to those who are giving everything they have for the community.

“This is our contribution to our citizens who are putting their lives on the line every single day,” McCaslin said.

While the volunteer team is kept small to maintain social distancing, Basil said he’s thrilled to mass produce these handy items.

“We’ll probably produce 4,000 to 5,000 masks in the next couple of weeks,” Basil said.

Healthcare workers and law enforcement can contact the college at 270-901-1000 to get the shields. They are provided at no cost.