SUNY dedicates $100,000 to program to advance production of PPE
Monday, August 31, 2020
Source: WRGB Albany
SUNY is starting a initiative to do their part during this pandemic.
Two days after being appointed by The State University of New York Board of Trustees, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras toured SUNY New Paltz on Sunday, and announced the SUNY Prepare Innovation and Internship Program, designed to accelerate the production of PPE materials that are in great need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The visit comes as the campus community prepares to begin classes on Monday.
"I am also proud to announce the launching of our statewide SUNY Prepare Innovation and Internship program during my visit to New Paltz, where students and faculty were among New York’s leaders in manufacturing PPE at the height of the pandemic," said Chancellor Malatras.
SUNY is providing $100,000 to start the program, with future goals of raising more money to assist facility and students in their efforts.
"This program will ensure that we leverage the brilliant faculty and students across our system so we can continue working to equip our healthcare heroes with the PPE they need to stay safe on the front lines to meet the challenges of COVID-19 or the next pandemic," Chancellor Malatras added.
Towards the start of the pandemic in March, SUNY schools across the state began producing much needed PPE, including masks and face shields.