Pierce College News

June 22, 2009

Pierce Dental Hygiene Clinic offers affordable care for low-income and uninsured families, seniors

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 12:34 pm

With the economy slumping and more and more families losing their dental insurance, regular dental care can be difficult to afford. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom continues to be an option for struggling adults and families by offering lower-cost, basic dental care services at its on-campus Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Students are now recruiting adults, seniors, and children for summer appointments. The Pierce College clinic offers such services as:

• Comprehensive evaluation of oral health and teeth;

• Preventative teeth cleaning for both children and adults;

• X-rays;

• Sealants;

• Desensitizing;

• Treatment for adult patients with infrequent dental care and/or periodontal disease (dependent on the extent of the disease);

• Amalgam (silver) or composite (white) fillings (dependent on severity).

Dental hygiene students are able to perform these and other critical services at a cost that is more manageable for working individuals and families, and seniors. The students practice under the guidance and expertise of the highly qualified dental hygiene faculty, and the dental hygiene clinic works with area dentists and other low-fee clinics to refer patients for additional treatment when necessary.

To access these lower-cost services, contact the dental hygiene program at (253) 964-6694 to schedule a free screening. From there, if you are accepted for treatment in the program, a customized treatment plan will be devised and appointments will be scheduled.

Students schedule their own appointments with patients directly. Since the appointment times align with Pierce College’s academic calendar, this is a perfect time to get started.

Payment is required at the time of service. Medicaid/DSHS coupons are accepted.

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about a career in dental hygiene, please call (253) 964-6694 or visit the program Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/Denhyg.

June 18, 2009

Tee up, have fun, and raise money for student scholarships Aug. 13 at the Pierce College Scholarship Scramble

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 1:51 pm

A fun day on the links Aug. 13 will help students achieve their dreams of a college education and job training.

The Pierce College Scholarship Scramble is now recruiting golfers for its annual tournament at High Cedars Golf Club in Orting. The four-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The tournament is fast-paced and there are prizes and games, such as Monster Golf and Hole in One, scattered throughout the course.

Following the tournament, golfers will enjoy a steak dinner and both a live and silent auction. Cost to play is $150 per person and includes green fees and cart, lunch, a player gift, and dinner. Tickets are also available for the dinner and auction events only. Those are $25 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Pierce College Foundation’s scholarship programs. Last year, the event raised more than $53,000. This year, it’s especially critical to raise scholarship money as record numbers of adults seek to retrain for new careers.

Register online at www.pierce.ctc.edu/foundation or call Ruth Ann Hatchett at (253) 864-3261.

June 10, 2009

Nature Camp for children ages 7-12 starts June 24 at Pierce College Puyallup

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 3:05 pm

This event is full!

Pierce College biology professor, Dr. Scott Sweet, will welcome a much younger student to Pierce College Puyallup this summer.

Starting June 24, Sweet will host a free Nature Camp for children ages 7 to 12. The camp will include field trips for collecting samples of native plants and animals, as well as scientific exploration in the college laboratories, where children will examine the samples and learn about native species’ biology.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays starting June 24 and ending July 15. Camp themes include: mosses, ferns, and reptiles; grasses, flowers, and bugs; trees and birds; and wetlands, amphibians, and aquatic bugs.

Space is limited and parents are encouraged to register their children early. Registration is in Pierce College Puyallup’s administration building, the Gaspard Building, in Room A-101. Pierce College Puyallup is located at 1601 39th Ave. SE.

For more information, contact Kami Robinson via email at krobinson@pierce.ctc.edu or via phone at (253) 840-8336.  

This event is full!