As the world ground to a halt when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, schools had to make tough calls about how to continue educating their students.
Locally, Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria transitioned many of its students to online learning while still managing to hold skill labs and simulations for nursing students in person, with safety precautions in place. The monumental effort paid off, when 66 new nurses recently graduated, ready to serve the community, including in the fight against COVID-19.
“Training public servants is one of the core missions of our college, and that mission has never been more important,” Hancock College President Kevin Walthers said. “The well-trained and highly skilled nurses who graduate from our program are serving as frontline workers, keeping our communities safe and healthy.”