Students in the Kern High School District have access to 30 different programs through the Regional Occupational Center that prepare them for a career in a chosen field.
In its second year, the dental assistant class is one of the newest programs offered.
“It gives the students an opportunity to pursue their career that they are wanting and to give them that experience,” said dental assisting instructor Kimberly Rosalez. “It offers the students an entry level position as a dental assistant. They learn infection control, radiology, it gives them that real life experience that they are wanting to use to start their career.”
Students get the opportunity to work on real patients along side real dentist, like retired dentist Dr. Robert Reed.
The first half of the year, student learn things like seating and dismissal of a patient, infection control, tooth identification and anatomy.
“It’s actually been very good,” said West High School senior Siriam Minera. “They actually teach you and for you to experience what’s actually going to be out there instead of just on the books.”
The second half of the year they participate in what they call community classroom. The students partner up with local dentist offices, using them as training ground.
Through the class, Morales found her passion for dentistry and now has goals to become a pediatric dentist.
“I really thank the school because I actually got to go on and feel the experience of how it’s going to be when I’m older,” Morales said.
You can check out all programs offered through the ROC here.