Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2016 MVCTC Dental Assistant Alumnus, “MVCTC Best Decision I Ever Made for Myself”

MVCTC 2016 Dental Assistant Graduate Taylor Tucker is on
track to graduate dental hygiene school when she is just 20 years old.
Englewood, Ohio -- Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) 2016 Dental Assistant completer, Taylor Tucker, is attending Sinclair and working with MAK Dental Group. She thanks MVCTC for allowing her to find this much success by the age of 20.

Tucker, who plans to be a licensed dental hygienist, shared, “Deciding to attend MVCTC has hands down been one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. I developed nothing but positive experiences from CTC, from making many new life-long friends to obtaining my state certification when I was only 17. MVCTC has also helped me determine what I wanted my future career to be, and I chose dental hygiene because I want to be able to have that huge, positive influence on my patients' overall oral health. I am currently in my first year of the Dental Hygiene program at Sinclair. Although a lot of hard work, dedication, and endurance is needed in this program, I love it and it is already so worth it. The brand new health sciences building just opened at the start of the fall semester, and it opened up so many more opportunities for myself, my classmates, and the future dental hygiene students. During the second half of my senior year, I obtained a job at MAK Dental Group. I have been employed at that office for almost 2 years now as a Certified Ohio Dental Assistant and also as a Lab Technician. My current future goals are to pass all of the regional, state, and national board exams I will have to complete, obtain my local anesthesia license, as well as my license to practice dental hygiene. I am set to graduate dental hygiene school when I am just 20 years old. I thank MVCTC, and especially Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Hartman for giving me a great educational experience and the opportunity to have a jump start on my career.”

The MVCTC Dental Assistant High School program prepares students to assist the dentist with chairside dental procedures. During the students' junior year, they will learn background knowledge to include but not limited to dental history, dental anatomy, dental terminology, dental materials, and infection control. Students will also become CPR and First Aid certified through the American Heart Association. During the students' senior year, they will prepare for their Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA) test. When students pass this CODA examination they will become certified to assist and will earn an Ohio Dental Radiographers license. The Dental Assistant program participates in Advanced Placement that allows students to be employed by a local dentist office during the second semester of their senior year. This is a Tech Prep program, which means any student meeting the requirements will earn a $3,000 scholarship to Sinclair.

For more information about the MVCTC Dental Assisting program, please visit www.mvctc.com/da. For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

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