Cape Fear Community College has received a $25,000 grant from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation that will directly improve the education provided by CFCC dental programs. The funding will include computers that will be installed in each unit of the dental clinic, which will allow the dental programs to offer an enhanced educational experience to the students.
The CFCC dental program operates a clinic that offers dental care to thousands of New Hanover and Pender county residents. With this new technology, more effective and efficient oral health education will be provided to the patients. Students will have the patients’ digital radiographs and other education tools, more readily available. The ability to utilize chair-side, paperless technology in the clinical setting will increase the quality of education CFCC’s dental assisting and dental hygiene students receive.
“Having a computer at each operatory in the Dental Clinic here at Cape Fear Community College will not only allow the students to learn dental software they will use after graduation, but will also allow the students to engage their patients more in dental education,” said Mary Ellen Naylor, Dental Hygiene Program Director.
The equipment will also provide students with hands-on skills that are important to have in today’s competitive job market. “New technology in our program will give our students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience with dental office software, making them more marketable for employment,” said Nancy Fetter, Dental Assisting Program Director.
The Cape Fear Memorial Foundation is a private, non-operating foundation with a primary purpose to serve the health and medical needs of the people of Southeastern North Carolina. It supports charitable not-for-profit organizations providing health and medical services and health education.
CFCC is proud to partner with the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation. The CFCC Foundation supports the people, programs, and mission of the college by securing and managing gifts that include cash contributions used for endowments and scholarships and other contributions aimed at helping the college meet its goals.