MCC dental clinic offers professional care at reduced cost

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The Middlesex Community College dental-hygiene clinic in Lowell now offers preventive dental-hygiene services to the public at a reduced cost. Licensed dental hygiene faculty and dentists closely supervise the MCC dental-hygiene teaching clinic students.

Patients accepted for treatment are those whose dental problems have teaching value and who have the extra time required for treatment. Services include comprehensive dental hygiene care, oral prophylaxis (cleaning), scaling and root planing, dental radiographs, dental sealants, athletic mouth protectors and fluoride treatments. Because the clinic is a learning facility, clients may be required to return for several appointments in order to complete the necessary treatment.

The clinic operates during fall and spring semesters, and appointments must be scheduled in advance. Clinic hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday while the college is in session.

The clinic is located in MCC’s Health, Science & Technology Center, 44 Middle St., Lowell. Call 978-656-3250 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about Middlesex Community College’s nationally recognized Transition Program, a two-year, noncredit certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities. This unique, specialized program is designed for students without the skills necessary to complete requirements for an associate degree.

A public information session for Transition Program prospective students and their families will be held Jan. 15, 9-11 a.m., in MCC’s Bedford Campus Center, Café East, 591 Springs Road.

Transition-Program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills, and social skills. They will also be placed in an internship program. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities while receiving specialized coursework and training tailored to meet their needs.

Information-session participants will receive an overview of the program, as well as in-depth information on the curriculum, application procedures, details of the required internship portion of the program and prospective job opportunities.

Transition-Program candidates should have a high school diploma or GED credential, interest in training for entry-level work in business and industry, fifth- to eighth-grade level reading and math skills, and the maturity and emotional stability to effectively participate in a program on a college campus.

To register, call 781-280-3630. For more information, contact Kathy Matheson, Disability Support Services, at 781-280-3525.

Middlesex Community College has established a new Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy that allows qualified high-school and home-schooled students to earn college credit while satisfying their high-school graduation requirements.

Qualified students may enroll in college-level courses offered online or during the day, evening or weekend on MCC’s Bedford or Lowell campuses. Flexible options are available to focus on science and math, engineering and technology, health professions or business administration. Also welcome are students who just want to get a head start on completing the general-education courses required by most colleges and universities.

A Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy adviser will be assigned to work with each applicant, their parent/guardian and high-school guidance counselor to design a program based on the student’s academic skill level and educational goals. To maximize success, MCC offers academic and student support services, including specialized advising, career counseling, transfer counseling, tutoring, computer labs and library services.

State funding is available to cover tuition and fees for a limited number of admitted Massachusetts residents enrolled in college-level courses that are transferable to an associate- or bachelor-degree program. Very limited funding may also be available for low-income students to help defer the cost of required textbooks and supplies. Developmental course work, which prepares students for college-level work, is not eligible for state funding, but is available to Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy students at a reduced cost.

For more information, call 978-656-3207 to speak directly with a Dual Enrollment adviser.