Pulaski Technical College will be able to provide scholarships to students in its Dental Assisting Technical Certificate program with a $15,000 gift from Delta Dental of Arkansas.
"An endowment will benefit our current and future students by helping to remove financial barriers to their education," said Joyce Taylor, executive director of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation.
"We are so appreciative to Delta Dental for their investment in our program and our students," said DeAnna Davis, program coordinator for Pulaski Technical College's dental assisting program. "This gift will help our students achieve their educational and career goals, and in turn, help meet the need for qualified dental assistants throughout the state."
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a dental assistant shortage exists nationwide and in central Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Development has included dental assisting in its Loan Forgiveness Program.
The company serves more than 1,000 participating Arkansas dentists, 2,200 employer groups and more than 1.4 million people.
Through its Smile! Arkansas initiative the company has contributed more than $1.5 million for multiple projects, including distributing oral health education kits to every elementary school in the state, providing scholarships for dental students and helping support charitable dental clinics with essential supplies and costly equipment.
Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 50 occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry.
The college's mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.
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