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Napa Valley College Donates Ventilators

Napa Valley College Donates Ventilators to Support State’s Efforts to Battle Coronavirus (COVID-19)

APRIL 7, 2020, NAPA, CA – Napa Valley College (NVC) was one of more than 20 California Community Colleges across the state to donate ventilators to hospitals fighting COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) picked up 14 ventilators, eight from NVC and six from Modesto Junior College, from Napa Valley College on Tuesday, April 7.  

Napa Valley College was designated as the official pick-up site for the two Bay Area community colleges, who are among 18 in California that have respiratory care and other programs that use ventilators. NVC offers five Health Occupations programs that allow students to learn new skills or earn certificates and degrees and make graduates eligible to take the State Board Examination for Licensure in the State of California. 

The College offers an associate degree program in Nursing (ADN), a four-semester program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and a certificate program in Vocational Nursing, approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). NVC Health Occupations also offers an associate degree program in Respiratory Care for registered respiratory therapists (RRTs), an EMS/Paramedic certificate program, and a Psychiatric Technician patient-centered certificate program.

“These are challenging times and require healthcare programs, their faculty and staff, and the entire healthcare community – local, regional, national and international – to be nimble and agile in the delivery of education and the quality care that is so necessary to safeguard the health of our community, the nation, and the world,” said Robert Harris, senior dean, Health & Safety Programs. “We are proud to be able to do our part to assist in any way we can.”

All Napa Valley College instruction and support services are being offered remotely through the 2020 summer semester. NVC Health Occupations faculty have come up with creative, remote alternatives to in-person instruction. 

“Napa Valley College is dedicated to ensuring that we do everything possible to help our community during this crisis, including continuing to educate future healthcare professionals,” said NVC superintendent/ president Dr. Ron Kraft. “We are grateful to be able to play a part in fighting this pandemic, along with our colleagues in the California Community College system, by providing equipment that can help save lives.” 

About Napa Valley College
Napa Valley College prepares students for evolving roles in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world. The college is an accredited open-access, degree- and certificate-granting institution that is committed to student achievement through high-quality programs and services that are continuously evaluated and improved.  The college serves students and the community in the following areas:  transfer courses, career-technical education and training, basic skills, and self-supporting contract education and community education classes. Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Learn more at

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: Holly Dawson, Public Information Officer, Napa Valley College
(707) 256-7112

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