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Ten Graduate from BOCES Dental Assisting Program

New Program Starts January 16, 2018 at the Olean BOCES Center

Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES held a special graduation ceremony to recognize the ten most recent graduates of its Dental Assisting program.  The ceremony was held at the Career and Technical Education Center at Olean on Thursday, September 28.  The graduates completed a one-year, 620-hour course approved by the New York State Education Department.  They are now eligible to take the state's Dental Assisting Licensing Examination.

The graduates included: Stephanie Butts, Olean; Alexis Crimmins, Olean; Brooke Downey, Rixford (PA); Lisa Kostelny, West Valley; Payton Low, Wellsville; Brittni Orner, Smethport (PA); Caitlynn Pettit, Bolivar; Stephanie Rauber, Arkport; Allyson Seamans, Franklinville; and Sara VanArsdale, Olean.

CA BOCES Adult Dental Assisting Graduates shown left to right are: front row - Stephanie Butts, Caitlynn Pettit, Alexis Crimmins, and Lisa Kostelny; back row - Elain Alcorn, Instructor, Payton Low, Sara VanArsdale, Brittni Orner, Brooke Downey, Stephanie Rauber, and Cheryl Gelder, Instructor. 

Instructors Elain Alcorn and Cheryl Gelder guided the adult students through the curriculum as well as 200-hour internships at various local dental offices.  BOCES Coordinator of Health Occupations Catherine Tomerlin said five of the ten graduates actually gained employment as dental assistants during the program.

The next Dental Assisting program begins January 16, 2018 at the Career and Technical Education Center at Olean.  For information on the program, please call 716-376-8217.