PBSC needs your help…it involves teeth

June 2017

The Florida Legislature recently allocated $5 million for a new facility for the dental health education programs at Palm Beach State College.

Now the college said it’s is looking for additional support.

The Dental & Medical Sciences Technology Building would replace the current 55-year-old structure at the suburban Lake Worth campus, allowing PBSC to incorporate current and future technology required in the core components of the Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree and the Dental Assisting postsecondary adult vocational certificate programs, PBSC said.

The programs, both established in 1964, are the only such programs in Palm Beach County accredited by the American Dental AssociationCommission on Dental Health, according to the college.


While the legislature put aside $5 million, the college said it was seeking about $22 million for a new building. PBSC said it will pursue more money from the state next year while also seeking community support.

The $5 million allows the planning phase to begin, PBSC said.

PBSC is scheduled to host a reception Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Center for Bachelor’s Programs (Room 103) on the campus west of Lake Worth for members of the dental community, the Program Advisory Council and alumni to provide a status update on the project and discuss ways for the community to get involved.

The event is free and open to anyone interested, but attendees must RSVP.

“This project is a priority because it prepares our dental program students and serves as a critical resource for people in our community who need access to low-cost dental care,’’ PBSC President Ava L. Parker said in a statement. “We need this project fully funded. We also need the community’s support to continue our efforts to secure funding.”

The facility is used as not only a training site for students, but also to provide continuing education for about 200 local dentists who are members of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic, which has been a partner of the college since 1964. Participating dentists of the nonprofit clinic provide low-cost dental treatment, including fillings, implants and oral surgery, to patients in the community, which also provides the required clinical training for the dental assisting students.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic, as well as the clinic used jointly by the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic and the dental assisting students, were renovated in 1999 and 2002, respectively. However, the college said a 2008 study indicated that it would be more cost-effective to construct a new building than pursue additional renovations in order to plan and meet the growing demand for educating dental health professionals and the technology required to provide treatment on patients.


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