Truckee Meadows Community College's dental hygiene and dental assisting programs are welcoming a big gift.
Wednesday the William N. Pennington Foundation announced a $300,000 donation to fund renovations and upgrades for the programs.
TMCC says the money will be used to upgrade laboratories and hands-on teaching clinics. It will also help the school buy radiology equipment, an electronic teaching station with camera system and more dental chair stations.
Based on graduates' scores on national exams, TMCC's dental hygiene program is ranked in the top five out of 364 programs nationwide. In 2012, TMCC says 100% of its students in the dental hygiene program passed certification exams.
"TMCC's dental assisting and dental hygiene programs both boast extraordinary job placement rates for our graduates seeking employment," said Dr. Maria Sheehan, President of TMCC. "This critical investment from the William N. Pennington Foundation will upgrade the instructional space with the most modern technologies and ensure TMCC's high educational standards will be met for decades to come. We are deeply grateful to the Pennington Foundation for their commitment to educating northern Nevada's students in these important workforce development areas."