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SCC now offering Dental Assistant program

 By Mia Queen, SCC Public Relations Intern

SYLVA – Starting Sept. 6, Southwestern Community College will begin offering a new Dental Assistant program through its Workforce Continuing Education Division.

The two-part online program will last 24 weeks. New classes will begin on the first Tuesday of every month. Students will develop skills to prepare a patient for treatment, prepare dental instrument setups, and assist a licensed dentist in the treatment of patients. Employment opportunities include working for dental offices and physicians.

“We’re excited to be able to offer training for this fulfilling career for the first time,” said Scott Sutton, SCC’s Dean of Workforce Continuing Education. “Anyone who’s ever wanted to work in the dental field can get started this fall, and they can complete the program in less than half a year.”

The registration fee for the program is $180, and there is no application deadline for students.

Scholarships are available to students who meet eligibility requirements.

For more information about this program please contact Latresa Shuler at 828.339.4425 or


For more than 55 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina by providing a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life.

SCC has been ranked among the nation’s Top 10 community colleges six times in the last 15 years – including a No. 1 ranking in’s listing of the “Best Community Colleges & Trade Schools of 2020.”

Through a supportive learning environment, Southwestern offers more than 40-degree programs (including more than 90 credentialing options, 28 of which are offered online) in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies.

A variety of community resources – including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services – are also available.

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