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Quinsigamond Community College Dental Students Honored with Worcester Consortium Award

Contact:  Meredith Galena mgalena [at] qcc.mass.edu

Release Date: 
3/2/2010

Worcester, Ma –  Fifteen Quinsigamond Community College dental hygiene students will be honored at the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc.’s 2010 Community Engagement Awards ceremony tonight.

The Community Engagement Awards are presented to students from Consortium member institutions who provided exemplary service to their communities within the last year.  The QCC students worked with the Free Masons and Boy Scouts of America on the CHIPS Program, a child identification program that creates profiles for lost or missing children. The students, with four faculty members, took tooth prints of children at the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, as part of the Child Identification Program offered to Boy Scouts and their families at the DCU Center. A tooth print is like a fingerprint and is unique to each person for identification purposes and DNA swabs.

One hundred and seventy-five children were processed bringing the count to over 277,000 children since 1988, when the program first began.

Participating dental hygiene students were: Denise Sangenario, Kyeremaa Addo, Alexandra DeSaulnier, Carolina del Rosario, Sarah Fenlon, Heidi Ebers, Flavia Bernardo, Kristen Malley, Anni Coloma, Caroline Luzi, Teresa Ryan, Ilda Bixho, Gina Kennedy, Flor Piedrasanta and Elda Kureta.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.