Nine students graduated from the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s Dental Assisting program, four of which secured jobs even before the graduation ceremony.
The nine certified dental assistant graduates were: Pamela Brown, Samantha Brundage, Samantha Francis, Krysta Holmes, Annalise Isgar, Nichole Phillips, Jessica Root, Alexandria Snyder, and Deborah Woolridge.
“Coming back to school and being an adult student is sacrifice,” said District Superintendent Christopher Todd. “It’s a lot of time; it’s a lot of studying, and I would like to give the graduates and their families and friends a round of applause.”
The class accomplished a tremendous achievement by having a 100% passing rate on the Radiation Health Safety and Infection Control portions of their Dental Assisting National Boards, a rare triumph nation-wide.
“I’m sure that none of us could have made it here on our own,” said valedictorian Annalise Isgar. “Tonight our journey ends and another begins.”
The ceremony included a class slideshow, the reciting of the Dental Assistant’s Pledge, the presenting of certificates and guest speaker Donna Blake (a CiTi board of education member), who has spent 38 years in the dental field.
Class speaker Pamela Brown talked about the motivation that drove her and her classmates to success: a better job, better hours and the ability to support their families. It was evident that the classmates had grown close during their 690 hour program.
“We all started as strangers and ended up as friends,” said Brown. “All of you certified dental assistants, pat yourselves on the back, and thank your families for supporting you through school; and most of all, thank you, Mrs. Haskins.”
Instructor Adele Haskins couldn’t express how proud she was of the students’ accomplishments, saying that the graduates would be the best of the best in their field.