Maxim Dolchok Jr., Dena’ina Athabascan, graduated from high school in 2002. He enrolled in Southcentral Foundation’s Dental Assistant Trainee Program in 2003, now called the Dental Assisting Technology Program.
Max has been involved with SCF for more than half his life, starting with SCF’s RAISE Program at the age of 14. RAISE provides opportunities for on-the-job workforce experience in the context of Alaska Native cultural values.
Max progressed proficiently within the dental program, starting as a dental assistant. He advanced to become a supervisor, dental manager, and eventually shifted his focus in college to business. Max is grateful for the opportunity provided by SCF to work in dentistry, while completing his undergraduate degree.
Max will graduate with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2020. He attributes his success to professional development provided by SCF through RAISE and the Dental Assisting Technology Program.
In August 2018, Max was hired as a special assistant in SCF’s Resource and Development division. He works under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Gottlieb, SCF chief of staff and vice president of resource and development. Dr. Gottlieb oversees several programs and departments, including SCF Dental.
Max is also an adjunct instructor with the DAT program, helping to train future SCF dental assistants. As for the future, he hopes to stay with SCF. “It’s such a good organization to work for,” he shared. “I’ve been with SCF for 16 years, but it doesn’t seem that long at all. I encourage others to enroll in the SCF DAT Program and see where it may lead them.”