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April 2009 Group Spotlight - WCC Dental Assisting Club

WCC Dental Assisting Club

Have you ever wondered what the students of Wilkes Community College are doing while MerleFest is going on? Many of them are right there on campus bussing tables, serving drinks and food, and helping out in numerous ways. The WCC clubs help by performing necessary tasks and, in return, receive funds that help support their programs throughout the year.

The WCC Dental Assisting Club is one of those groups that provide student volunteers during MerleFest. The Wilkes Community College Dental Assisting Program "prepares individuals to assist dentists in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures." During MerleFest, the members of the club staff two beverage booths in the big food tent. Lead instructor and club advisor, Martha Townes, says of the club's work at the festival, "Buying drinks and snacks from the dental assistants gives visibility to the program. Lots of visitors do not know we offer dental assisting at WCC."

Monies the club receives for its work funds one-half of the national certification exam, pays for pins and class pinning expenses, and makes possible an educational trip to a state meeting. Ms. Townes also believes that their participation increases school pride and instills in her students a sense of what they can accomplish by working together. "It fosters a willingness to serve which hopefully will carry over into the community at large after they graduate."

MerleFest appreciates the many hours of work the students of Wilkes Community College contribute each year to the festival.