Delta Dental of Colorado CEO Helen
Drexler announced March 8 that the company is making a $1.5 million gift to
support the dental hygiene programs offered by the Colorado Community College
System, including those at Pueblo Community College. The gift will provide
student scholarships, faculty support and funding for state-of-the-art
PCC is one of three schools among which
the gift will be evenly split. The others are Colorado Northwestern Community
College in Rangely and Community College of Denver.
PCC offers Associate of Applied Science and
Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in dental hygiene.
“We are very excited about this
opportunity and extremely grateful to Delta Dental of Colorado,” said Elsa
Eccles, department chair of PCC’s dental hygiene program. “They have been a
strong supporter of the profession and the program at Pueblo Community
During the 2015-2016 academic year,
Delta Dental awarded a grant of $14,560 to PCC to fund community service
projects and provide oral hygiene services to the underserved children in Pueblo.
The $1.5 million gift focuses on three
aspects of the dental hygiene programs:
“We are proud to invest in these dental
hygiene programs that play such a key role in developing future public health
leaders,” said Drexler.
An immediate $100,000 will be made
available to each school to purchase equipment, according to CCCS. The
remaining $1.2 million will be invested as a term endowment to be spent over
the next 10 years on student scholarships and faculty support.
Delta Dental of Colorado was established
in 1958 and is the largest dental benefits provider in the state, serving more
than 1.2 million residents. The company’s mission is to improve the oral health
of the communities it serves.
Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.