Dental Hygiene Construction to Start in Fall
The Clark College Dental Hygiene program is nationally recognized for excellence and highly regarded by dental professionals in the region. By offering outstanding educational opportunities and community services, Clark College students receive hands-on experiences that help advance the health of individuals in the region, while the students hone new skills.
To keep pace with the demand for workforce readiness and federal regulations in the dental hygiene field, Clark’s facility, technology and equipment require upgrading. Thanks to nearly $3.3 million in donations from a variety of entities—including the Firstenburg Foundation, Roy and Virginia Andersen Endowment, John A. and Helen M. Cartales Foundation and many others—the college begins renovations in September.
In August 2013, Clark President Robert K. Knight, Clark College Foundation President/CEO Lisa Gibert, other administrators and guests, will take part in a ceremony to signify the start of the project.
The Firstenburg Family Dental Hygiene Education and Care Center will be expanded and renovated allowing more students to enroll and more patients—particularly underserved adults and children—to access care. It will also create space between patient chairs as required by federal patient privacy laws. Furthermore, a digital radiology suite will be renovated with digital x-ray capabilities, and a new paperless patient charting system will be installed.
The enhanced Firstenburg Family Dental Hygiene Clinic is expected to be fully operational in late 2014.
As a teenager, I suffered a horrifically painful abscess molar. With a fever of 104, I hallucinated, sweated, and spent the weekend on painkillers, until the following Monday, when I could find someone to extract my tooth, after begging and borrowing the money from friends, strangers, and my mother (who was very poor). I still have a gaping hole in my jaw. I’m PASSIONATE about preventative care, and no human being should ever have to experience that kind of pain. It’s the kind of pain that makes you feel desperate to do anything to make it stop. . . this is why I’m interested in becoming a hygienist. I want to help people avoid this. I’d even do it free, as a volunteer, one day per month as a community service.