MHCC’s Dental Hygiene Students Volunteer at Alder Elementary School

Posted: April 24, 2013

Left, Tamar Davis; center, Anna Posteuca and right, Elizabeth Stewart.
Left, Tamar Davis; center, Anna Posteuca and right, Elizabeth Stewart.

Students in Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Dental Hygiene program will volunteer their time to teach local schoolchildren how to care for their teeth and gums.

MHCC students will visit Alder Elementary School, part of the Reynolds School District, May 6, 13 and 20 and will provide fun and entertaining education about proper nutrition and the importance of good dental habits.

I Have a Dream Foundation
Alder Elementary School was selected as the nation’s first “dreamer school” by the “I Have a Dream Foundation” to help low-income students succeed in school, college and career. At the program’s “College Day” event in 2011, students from MHCC’s Rho Theta Honor Society donated Dr. Seuss books and read to the youngsters. The dental hygienists’ support of Alder is part of MHCC’s “adoption” of a grade level at Alder Elementary.

Kristen Mitchell
Kristen Mitchell

About MHCC’s Dental Hygiene Program
Thirty-six students are enrolled in MHCC’s Dental Hygiene program. The program is six quarters in length, leading to an associate degree. Academic instruction in basic and dental sciences is integrated with instruction in dental hygiene therapy, dental procedures and work in clinical settings to provide a total learning experience for the dental hygiene student. Having completed the program and passed national and regional board examinations for dental hygienists, the graduate can be licensed to practice. Some institutions and agencies require a baccalaureate degree for employment. Many courses in the MHCC dental hygiene curriculum are transferable to four-year colleges and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

For more information, please contact the Office of College Advancement, 503-491-7204 or

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