In response to the increasing shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the desire to help his local community, Bryan Hartzog, WCC lead CNC instructor at the Wilkes Campus, obtained the template and began making face shields for healthcare providers in Wilkes County.

Hartzog shared the template with the Wilke County Schools and Thelma Kastl, STEM teacher at West Wilkes Middle School who began making 3D printing face shields as well. Hartzog recently delivered 50 shields, 40 made by WCC and 10 made by WWMS, to The Health Foundation in Wilkes County for distribution.

“Thank you for this donation, stated Holly Norman, The Health Foundation development coordinator. It truly makes a difference for our care providers here in Wilkes!” Face shields have been distributed to the Wilkes County Health Department, Westwood Hills, and Rose Glen Manor.

“It is a pleasure to work with Bryan and witness his desire and willingness to help our local medical community during these unprecedented times,” stated Stacie Taylor, WCC chair of Applied Engineering.