Congratulations to the May 2017 Graduates of the DAT Program!

Southcentral Foundation Dental would like to welcome the May 2017 SCF Dental Assistant Training Program graduates to the SCF team. These students completed a four-month training course where they were mentored and trained by SCF instructors, learning and development specialists, dentists and training mentors within the clinic.

Graduates of the May 2017 SCF Dental Assistant Training Program. Pictured left to right: Tarynne Erickson, Elisa Jakjemiec, Jessica Hampton, Justine Lewis, Kimberly Ayek, Caleb McGraw, Tia Jones, Brianna Mike, Tawni Conrad and Natalia Ballard.

The students earned an Indian Health certificate in digital radiology and basic life support, and a certificate in essentials of dental assisting from SCF. All graduates are Alaska Native or American Indian, seven of whom were hired as dental assistants within the SCF/ANMC Dental Clinic, Fireweed Dental Clinic, or Valley Native Primary Care Dental Clinic.

SCF Dental has managed the Dental Assistant Training Program for more than 20 years and trained hundreds of dental assistants. SCF Dental offers two classes per year that start in August and January. Dental assistants are valuable members of the dental team, and require knowledge of procedures, instruments and infection control procedures.

The next DAT Program participants will be students at Salish Kootenai College, with SCF representing as the off-campus program. Students will earn 55 college credits at no cost. Email Carol East, Dental Learning and Development Specialist  for information about the Dental Assistant Technology Program, or visit the SCF DAT website.

We are proud to welcome the May 2017 graduates and are excited to have them begin their careers in the dental profession at SCF.

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