The Delta Dental of NJ Foundation and
the Newark Public Schools celebrated the opening
of the Delta Dental of
New Jersey Careers Center at Newark's Central High School
on May 15th.
The opening of the new, state-of-the-art learning environment was made
possible through a $75,000 grant from the Delta Dental of NJ Foundation.
The Delta Dental Careers Center will serve as a hands-on facility
for students enrolled in the school's Dental Assisting program.
Approximately 26 students will gain the skills to work in the dental
field through school-based and work-based experiences. The students
will learn about dental science, including how to use dental materials,
instruments, and techniques. Additionally, safety, employment skills,
professionalism, and applicative law are a major focus of the student's
learning. This program has been running for five years.
One of the leading factors to the evolution of dentistry is the increasingly important role of dental assistants. The Delta Dental of NJ Foundation
recognizes this link and supports dental assisting education programs
such as Camden County College, the Bloomfield Health Careers Foundation
Dental Assisting Program, UMDNJ School of Allied Health Professionals,
and Newark's Central High School, in their commitment to the dental
Students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program are expected to
complete the following courses during their four years at Central High
School: Dental Assisting I & II as well as Dental Assisting
Clinical. Once all three classes are completed, students are eligible
to take the National Occupational Technical Institute (NOCTI) exam in