ACC Dental Assisting Program Awarded Equipment Grants Totaling $34,000

The Alamance Community College Dental Assisting program has received two grants totaling $34,009 to upgrade technology to ensure students possess needed skills for the dental workforce.

Impact Alamance approved a $29,009 grant to purchase sterilization equipment that will permit the College’s dental clinic to more efficiently and safely prepare instruments. Consequently, the campus dental clinic projects the faster prep time will result in adding more patient appointment times to the daily treatment schedule, thereby increasing access to dental care for the local community.

The Impact Alamance grant specifically pays for:

  • $5,260 Scican Hydrim, which resembles a miniature dish washer, and is the first step to efficiently and safely process instruments before moving to the next step of sterilization;
  • $5,899 Midmark UltraClave Automatic Sterilizer, which optimizes the supply of available sterile instruments by reducing the time and effort required for sterilization;
  • $17,850 Sterilization Cabinet

An ACC Foundation Faculty/Staff grant for $5,000 was approved for the purchase of a KaVo NOMAD Pro hand-held intra-oral radiographic device, equipment currently in use in today’s dental offices. Students will receive instruction and operate this equipment in the Dental Radiography course, and in the on-campus dental clinic, to ensure they are trained on the latest intra-oral radiographic technique.

“Our Dental Assisting program strives to give each student the training they need to keep up with the continued technological advances seen in the field,” said Joanna Roberts, Department Head.

Said David Frazee, Dean of Health and Public Services: “It is so critical that we expose our students to state-of-the-art equipment so that they will be fully prepared for what they will encounter in the workplace. We are so fortunate to have grant-funded opportunities like these from Impact Alamance and our ACC Foundation, which helps to offset the very high cost of dental equipment. It is only because of both these organizations that we are able to keep current with the continuously changing technology within the dental field.”