On days that seem gloomy, or when things don’t seem to be going your way, there is always that one thing that can turn dark clouds of gray into bursting rays of sunshine. A smile. One smile can make all the difference. So why not go into a career like dental hygiene, so you too can help others achieve that one smile they can share with the world?
I’m Kelsie Jessop. I completed a CTE Internship at Cherry Creek Dental in the field of dental hygiene. Because of this experience, I was able to witness what a day-to-day lifestyle would be like in a dental office. Having wonderful patient interaction, great relationships with coworkers, a great family orientated work schedule, and also a great salary, are all advantages of a career in dental hygiene that would satisfy my needs.
Dental hygiene isn’t necessarily a glamorous job, but definitely rewarding. I feel fortunate to have been able to intern at Cherry Creek Dental. They were willing to give me the hands-on experience and I was able to assist Dolsae, a dental assistant, in cleaning the rooms after patient visits were finished. I also had the opportunity to polish and floss patients’ teeth, with their permission, while Heidi, a dental hygienist, observed. With some practice and a college degree, I know that one day I will be happy to succeed in pursuing this career choice.
Not only did the staff [help] me with hands-on experience, they were also very cooperative in answering questions I had and giving me the best advice about college. Alexandra, a dental hygienist, was extremely benevolent in supporting my decision to go to college and getting into the Weber Dental Hygiene Program, even though it would be difficult, competitive, and stressful, it would be worth it.
As I head to college and pursue a career as a dental hygienist, I will never forget what or who helped me take the first steps toward this profession. The staff at Cherry Creek Dental prepared me in the most beneficial way. I now have confidence in myself that I too can be a dental hygienist. I can help others achieve that one smile they share with the world.
Dental is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Dental Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.
Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.
Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success