Pennington Foundation gifts $300,000 to dental hygiene & dental assisting programs
The William N. Pennington Foundation has recently made a gift of $300,000 to fund the renovation and upgrade of instructional spaces for TMCC’s dental hygiene and dental assisting programs. The Pennington Foundation was formed by the late William N. Pennington, a gaming industry pioneer and philanthropist, whose legacy of extreme generosity continues to support our Northern Nevada community today.
“TMCC’s dental assisting and dental hygiene programs both boast extraordinary job placement rates for our graduates seeking employment,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, President of TMCC. “This critical investment from the William N. Pennington Foundation will upgrade the instructional space with the most modern technologies and ensure TMCC’s high educational standards will be met for decades to come. We are deeply grateful to the Pennington Foundation for their commitment to educating northern Nevada’s students in these important workforce development areas.”
TMCC’s Dental Hygiene program is ranked in the top 5 programs out of 364 programs nationwide based on the graduates’ scores on the required national exam. In 2012, 100% of Dental Hygiene students passed their certification exams. TMCC’s Dental Assisting program is the only program of its kind in northern Nevada, and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. In 2011, 100% of Dental Assistant students passed the certification exam (data not yet available for 2012). TMCC’s Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs are in their 25th and 13th years, respectively.
The significant renovations funded by the William N. Pennington Foundation will upgrade the facilities to state-of-the-art instructional laboratories and hands-on teaching clinics. In the Dental Clinic area, the funds will provide for radiology equipment, electronic teaching station with camera system, and additional dental chair stations. In TMCC’s Dental Materials Lab, improvements will include new Smart classroom technology and critical wet-room improvements and furnishings.
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