WICHITA, KAN – Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) has been awarded a $50,000 Community Dental Health Grant from Delta Dental of Kansas. This grant will fund the purchase of new equipment and student scholarships for WATC’s dental assistant program.

Rachael Wiebe, program director of the dental assistant program at WATC, stated “I am so grateful for Delta Dental. It feels as though our dental assistant program has won the lottery, the dental lottery.  With the purchase of digital X-ray equipment and an extraoral training manikin, we will be able to give our students an updated education in dental radiology. This will result in our students being even more prepared for their clinical rotations and their careers after graduation.”

The majority of the grant will be used to purchase equipment for the dental radiology courses. The X-ray training manikin and digital X-ray sensors are new equipment to the dental assistant program at WATC and will provide students with a more diverse experience taking x-rays in the digital world.

Delta Dental of Kansas is the state’s oldest and largest dental insurance provider in Kansas, offering dental insurance for provider groups and individuals. Delta Dental of Kansas has a long-standing tradition of supporting the communities in which we live and work, and believe our investment in organizations, like Wichita Area Technical College, is key to strengthening our community and promoting good oral health.

WATC is a Kansas Board of Regents institution and the state’s leader in modern technical education, offering over 100 programs of study in aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, design and business. WATC serves as managing partner of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in Wichita. Additionally, NCAT is home to some operations of Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). www.watc.edu