FULTON – Months of intensive, accelerated study that began in August paid dividends for 11 students in the Center for Career and Community Education Dental Assisting program.
The students embraced the fast-paced schedule and celebrated their accomplishments at a recent graduation ceremony held at the CNY Arts Center in Fulton.
An audience of family and friends lauded the graduates, who all earned National Technical Honor Society distinction with GPAs of 3.0 or better.
“Every single day was a lot of fun,” said teacher Adele Haskins as she noted the class had a 100 percent passing rate. “To look at how far they have come and watch them all succeed is the best part of being a teacher. I’ve been so impressed with this class.”
Throughout the 690-hour course, which included hands-on training with local dentists, the students learned how to perform a variety of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills.
They developed knowledge regarding dental theory, emergency care, clinical assisting and other oral hygiene topics.
“I commend every student that goes through an accelerated program like this,” said Carla DeShaw, the executive dean of Community Education and Workforce Development at CCCE. “You have all successfully balanced school with work and family life. Congratulations and good luck in the future.”
Graduates took the dental assistant’s pledge and accepted pins and diplomas to mark their achievements.
Students Elizabeth Brosnan, Ciara Chapman, Breanne Hardman, Mikayla Kolb, Nicole Matott, Alexis Muroski, Jenny Neuroth, Emily Pitcher, Kaye Rabalais, Paige Sereno and Jules Sheehan were all recognized during the ceremony.
“You have such a bright future ahead of you,” Haskins said. “You truly amaze me.”
Class president Mikayla Kolb and guest speaker Jasmine Maldonado, an alumni of the Dental Assisting program, also offered words of encouragement to the graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
They stressed the importance of dedication and work ethic and also thanked Haskins for her contributions, as this marks her last one as a classroom teacher.
In her new position as an office manager at a local dentist’s office, she will continue teaching students and working alongside program graduates.
For more information about CCCE, which is a collaboration between the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation and Cayuga Community College, visit CiTiboces.org/adulted.