WILKESBORO — The Wilkes Community College Dental Assisting Program held the 28th annual pinning ceremony on Aug. 5. Ten dental assisting students were presented with pins to signify their successful completion of the one-year diploma-level program.
The graduates are Emily Anne Chance, Statesville; Jenna Blanche Colbert, Elkin; Katherine Selena Hernandez, Wilkesboro; Savannah Brooke Hornaday, Mount Airy; Molly Ashton Lyon, Traphill; Erin Elaine Rhoades, North Wilkesboro; Katherine Elizabeth Waddell, Jefferson; Kaitlyn Nicole Wagoner, North Wilkesboro; Michele Billings Williams, North Wilkesboro; and Zhaojun “Amanda” Zhan, Wilkesboro.
The ceremony began with Kaitlyn Wagoner, a 2016 graduate, delivering the student-led invocation. Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College, welcomed guests to the ceremony. Annette West, faculty member, was the guest speaker. Jennifer Hastings, lead instructor of Dental Assisting, provided special recognitions.
The Patient Care Award was given to Michele Williams, and Outstanding Chairside Assistant was given to Molly Ashton Lyon. The Scholarship Achievement Award was given to Savannah Hornaday by Dr. Gardner Meek, Blue Ridge Dental Society.
Blair Hancock, vice president of Student Instruction, announced each graduate as faculty members Jennifer Hastings, Melissa Blackburn, Debra Lowe and Annette West presented the pins. Once all graduates received their pins, they said The Dental Assistants Pledge. Michele Williams gave class acknowledgments. The ceremony closed with a student-led benediction by Emily Chance.
The dental assisting faculty comprises Melissa Blackburn, CDA; Jong Byun, DDS; Christopher Dirig, DDS; C.P. Dunbar, DDS; Jennifer Hastings, CDA; Michelle Holland, RDH; Debra Lowe, RDH; Kathleen Morey Stanton, DDS; and Annette West, CDA.
The members of the WCC 2016 Dental Assisting Class are proud to name, Debra Lowe, RDH, as recipient of the Outstanding Dental Professional Award for her support and dedication to the WCC Dental Assisting program. Lowe has been instrumental in the success of the WCC Dental Assisting program and serves as an adjunct faculty member.
For more information about the Dental Assisting program contact Katie Wagoner, health sciences admissions coordinator, at 336-838-6459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.