Forums to seek input on PBSC dental building site
Palm Beach State College will hold internal and external forums over the next two weeks to discuss and gather input on the site selection for its new Dental & Medical Services Technology Building. The choice of sites is between the Lake Worth campus, where the existing facility is located, and the new Loxahatchee Groves campus.
PBSC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the internal forum:
Tuesday, Sept. 26
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room CBP 103
Lake Worth campus
Public forums will be held on the two campuses under consideration:
Lake Worth campus
Monday, Oct. 2
Paul W. Graham Continuing Education building, Room CE 129
4200 Congress Ave.
Loxahatchee Groves campus
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Lecture Hall (LGA 139)
15845 Southern Boulevard
The forums will be video recorded, and RSVP is not required. For more information, call 561-868-3501.
In June, the Florida Legislature allocated $5 million for the new facility, far short of the $21.7 million requested from the Legislature and required to break ground. College leaders will pursue the remaining funds from the state next year as well as seek support from the community. Meanwhile, with this initial funding, the planning phase has begun.
The Dental & Medical Services Technology Building will replace the 55-year-old structure on the Lake Worth campus and provide a new home for the College’s Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree and Dental Assisting postsecondary adult vocational certificate programs. The programs are the only such programs in Palm Beach County accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, and graduates have been a mainstay of the dental health workforce in the county for decades.
In addition to education, PBSC is known for offering community dental health services. Dental hygiene students provide low-cost preventive dental care, including cleanings, and also offer dental screenings and dental health educational workshops through outreach initiatives. The College also has a longstanding partnership with the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. Dentists affiliated with ACDRC provide restorative dental needs, including fillings, implants and oral surgery, at a reduced rate to those without insurance, while PBSC dental assisting students gain valuable experience.
For more information about the PBSC Dental Health programs, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/DentalHealth.