College launches dental program for underrepresented students
Clackamas Community College and the Healthy Oregon Workforce Training have teamed up to facilitate dental professional summer camps for underrepresented minority and low-income high school students in Clackamas County.
A three year grant for $436,544 from the Healthy Oregon Workforce Training will fund CCC's dental professions camp and scholarship program.
Students who complete the program will be eligible for scholarships to pursue healthcare programs at the college.
"This is an exciting opportunity to expose underrepresented minority and low-income students to dental health professions that they may not have had access to," said Shalee Hodgson, associate dean at Clackamas Community College. "Jobs in the dental health field are in-demand and pay living wages with opportunities for growth."
Each summer, 24 students will participate in the weeklong camp, which will include hands-on activities, discussion forums, conversations with professionals in the dental industry, and field trips to dental employers and a humanitarian organization. Camp programming will strive to increase awareness about racial, ethnic and social health disparities among dental health care providers and the general public through presentations and guided discussions.
The camps will begin this summer and can be transitioned to an online format if needed to accommodate COVID-19 safety guidelines.
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