Dental hygiene students will get new, state-of-the-art clinic after $480,000 donation

Dental hygiene students will get new, state-of-the-art clinic after $480,000 donation

A generous donation will allow Columbia Basin College’s dental hygiene program to get a needed upgrade.

The Rural Families Educational Fund announced a $480,000 donation to the program on Thursday. $160,000 of the donation will fund a legacy endowment to promote continued education for migrant and low-income populations. $320,000 will be used for a brand new clinic.

“We have a great need to relocate and renovate our clinic and this donation allows us to do that,” said Tammy Sanderson, director of the dental hygiene program at CBC.

The program has been around for 17 years, and 18 students are accepted into the program each year. Thanks to the new funding, not only will the program be able to accept more students, they plan to expand their clientele – from 2,700 patients at their Pasco clinic to over 4,700 patients.

“So the whole building will serve as a positive for the community and the students will benefit too,” said Juan Sencion, a current dental hygiene student.

The new clinic will be located at the Richland Medical Science Center at 940 Northgate Drive. Construction is expected to be completed by next fall. An opening date has yet to be determined.

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