Tuesday, May 28 it was announced that Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) won a $20,000 grant from Delta Dental. Karen Finstad, Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation Executive Director said it was not only the highest scoring grant that the committee marked, but also the best one they had ever received.
Since it was established in 2004, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation has touched the lives of nearly 1 million Kansans in all 105 counties through grants totaling over $5 million. In partnership with dentists and other oral health care advocates, the foundation focuses on improving the oral health of Kansans.
Organizations applying for a grant must have a physical presence in the state of Kansas and the project for which are requested must predominantly benefit people living in Kansas. Priority will be given to proposals that emphasize prevention; improve access to dental services; have measurable improvement goals and show strong community support for the project.
Rachael Wiebe, WATC Dental Assistant Director said, “the grant money will be used to benefit the allied dental professions of Kansas. We requested money for education equipment and scholarships to support our certificates of complete (COC) courses: Nitrous Oxide for the Dental Office and Supragingival Scaling courses. The COC courses are offered to the allied dental profession of Kansas’ dental communities and are approved by the Kansas Dental Board (KDB).”
WATC’s Dental Assistant program provides the educational environment and experiences to prepare students for employment. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assist during the delivery of dental care, perform supportive treatment procedures and basic business office tasks. Graduates may take the Dental Assisting National Board examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
“WATC is excited to utilize the grant to purchase new equipment to improve our Supragingival Scaling course and open enrollment for the newly approved KDB N2O-O2 course and offer scholarships, to qualified individuals for each course. The courses extremely population and we receive numerous calls requesting information for the next N2O-O2 course. I will be relieved when I can actually get them some enrollment information,” said Wiebe.
For more information about this grant or WATC’s dental program, contact Rachael Wiebe, WATC Dental Assistant Director at 316-677-1813.