RH student prepares to fill shortage

HARLINGEN, TX—Rio Hondo’s own Laura Trevino is one of a number of Texas State Technical College’s Dental Hygiene Program students training to meet the need for workers in Texas.

According to a recent American Dental Association report, the dental sector is facing a serious workforce shortage. Vacant positions in dental assisting and dental hygiene have reduced dental practice capacity by an estimated 10% nationally.

Marcus Capetillo, of Raymondville, is a third-semester Dental Hygiene student at TSTC. He said the hygienist shortage is creating promising job opportunities for upcoming program graduates.

“This program helps to transition each student to become a professional,” he said. “I plan to take my experience into the workforce and ensure patient education. It’s imperative that people learn about the importance of maintaining healthy teeth outside of a clinic.”

Source: RH student prepares to fill shortage / San Benito News

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