Monday, February 3, 2014

VA recognizes SLCC dental hygiene program

Salt Lake Community College Dental Hygiene students voluntarily served vets during the 2013 Homeless Veterans Stand Down, earning them a VA Certificate of Appreciation.

“I think that it is a wonderful recognition of our students,” said SLCC’s Dental Hygiene Program Director Lynne Berman. “The certificate is proudly displayed on the clinic wall to remind future students that their efforts are greatly appreciated by the veterans they serve.”

Students regularly take part in active clinical rotations on Fridays at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City. During the most recent annual Stand Down, however, second-year students volunteered for an entire day while providing dental oral hygiene to about 100 homeless veterans. The event was also a chance for students to fulfill specific clinical requirements.

“They loved it,” Berman said. “They enjoyed the interaction. It was very exciting. They felt like they had contributed toward helping veterans.”

VA employee and SLCC Dental Hygiene Program Advisory Committee member Diane Rosner nominated the College to receive the certificate.