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West Campus - Title V

The five-year West Campus Title V grant, Abriendo Puertas /Opening Doors; Innovation in Dental Studies Education, will enable the Dental Studies programs to develop a tri-program, integrative dental treatment model providing comprehensive student instruction at Pima’s West Campus. This will provide Dental Assisting, Dental Laboratory Technology, and Dental Hygiene students a real-world educational experience, better preparing them for employment, as well as building a solid educational foundation for further postsecondary education.

The Grant Program is comprised of two distinct components:

Course redesign

Through the grant, faculty are piloting twelve dental studies courses, with new courses being developed and others redesigned to incorporate new technology. Improved training for faculty members and students in emerging technology will enhance student learning outcomes.

Dental Clinic and teaching facilities renovation

Through the expansion and renovation of facilities, and the installation of new equipment, the Dental Studies programs’ teaching facilities will have increased student capacity, updated technology, and will be able to pilot new curriculum. Ten additional dental chairs will be added to the existing Clinic for a total of 23 chairs at the conclusion of renovation. 

This renovation will also make it possible for Dental Studies students and faculty to collaborate in a future grant initiative – the addition of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry training program (AEGD) which provides postdoctoral training for dentists. The AEGD program will place qualified dentists in the Pima West Campus facilities, providing an opportunity to develop clinical patient training for students as well as low-cost restorative care for the community. This integrative teaching model will enhance our educational offerings at Pima and will be unique within a community college setting.