Metropolitan State’s dual dental hygiene program wins award

GiesAwardsThe dual-enrollment dental program partnership between Metropolitan State and Normandale Community College is the recipient of a 2016 ADEA Gies Award.

The ADEA Gies Foundation awards dental education programs and educators who exemplify the vision, innovation and achievement of the foundation’s namesake, Dr. William Gies. More information about the organization and awards can be found at this link.

“This is an outstanding honor in the eyes of dental education. Our innovative partnership programs are making a difference in the lives of many people who would otherwise have their dental needs unmet,” says Jayne Cernohous, department chair and associate professor, School of Nursing and Colleen Brickle, Health Services Dean, Normandale Community College.

Metropolitan State and Normandale offer a dual admissions and enrollment plan in dental hygiene that allows students to simultaneously receive an associate and bachelor’s degree on Normandale’s campus. The program was awarded alongside the dental programs in the MnSCU system.

A ceremony honoring the award recipient is March 14, 2016 in Denver, Colo.