Vermont Tech’s Department of Dental Hygiene recently received a $5,000 grant from Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the access to and quality of oral health care and education in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. These funds will be used for the refurbishment of Vermont Tech’s DEXTR manikins, which are used to teach students how to take dental radiographs.
“We could not be more pleased to receive this grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation,” said Director of Dental Hygiene Ellen Grimes. “These funds help ensure that our students have access to the newest, most advanced learning tools possible, which is a top priority of the program.”
Through the Foundation’s mission to improve oral health care and education for the public and the professional communities, contributions, grants and scholarships are awarded to nonprofit, governmental and academic institutions that support oral health initiatives. These efforts include community outreach and education, preventive care programs and research.
“Northeast Delta Dental is proud to support Vermont Tech’s Dental Hygiene program and invest in these students as they will serve as oral health advocates in Vermont for years to come through educating their patients on healthy dental habits,” said Kathleen Walker, treasurer of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation.
Vermont Tech offers a 4-year Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science degree program as well as a two-year degree completion program for students who already have an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. These hands-on, expert programs expose students to a variety of health care settings to prepare them for employment in the rapidly growing dental care field.