Carrington College Dental Hygiene Program Collaborates with Gateway Academy

MESA, Ariz. – (Sept. 26, 2011) – Carrington College Mesa, a part of DeVry Inc. a global provider of educational services, is pleased to announce a program connecting dental hygiene students with the students of Gateway Academy, a private day school serving the educational needs of students with nonverbal learning disorders such as Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism.

“Proper oral hygiene is critical to maintaining one’s overall health, however it is a component that is often overlooked because affordable care is not accessible to everyone in the community,” said Lynne Berman, dental hygiene program director at Carrington College Mesa. “This is a great opportunity to activate DeVry’s concept of ‘Doing Well by Doing Good’ as make a commitment to educate the students of Gateway Academy about the importance of oral care.”

Each Friday during the fall semester, Carrington students will develop interactive lesson plans with visual aids, pamphlets, animal puppets and games to teach Gateway Academy students about topics such as proper brushing, flossing techniques and tooth eruptions patterns. At the end of the semester, Carrington students will write a community based research paper about their experience working with Gateway Academy as well as the impact of having accessible dental care in the community.

“At Gateway Academy, our approach to learning focuses on fostering personal growth and responsibility,” said O. Robin Sweet, chief executive officer and executive director of Gateway Academy. “The collaboration with Carrington will help to prepare students for an independent life, making a positive impact on their overall health and self-esteem. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with the college.”

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