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  • PCC benefits from $1.5 million Delta Dental gift

    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 equipment.

    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 College.”

    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:

    • Attracting and retaining top faculty to work in high-quality educational facilities and programs;
    • Ensuring programs have current equipment, technology and supplies to foster a learning environment centered on evidence-based dental care;
    • Providing scholarships for students, prioritizing those who are committed to careers in public health or community clinics, education and/or rural communities.

    “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.

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    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.