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Lebanon Valley Dental Association Donates $5,000 To Help Dental Assistant Students

LEBANON, Pennsylvania — The Lebanon Valley Dental Association donated $5,000 to help dental assistant students afford the examination costs to receive radiology or infection control certifications, the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center announced Nov. 29.

The certification tests, on average, cost $275, which placed the testing out of reach for many of dental assistant students, said Michelle Zimmerman, Lebanon County Career and Technology Center dental assistant instructor in a news release.

"This contribution [from the Lebanon Valley Dental Association] will subsidize more than half the costs for students over the next two years," she said.

The one-year dental assistant program graduates 18-20 students each year, including high school students and intergenerational adult students. The program is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

"The donation is a win-win for the student, who can obtain additional industry-standard certifications, and for the dental office that will have a certified and dedicated employee," said Glenn Meck, Lebanon County Career and Technology Center administrative director.

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