For Immediate Release
April 20, 2018
Dental Hygienist Program Receives Gold Star
Recognition from Chancellor's Office
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has notified Moreno Valley College that its Dental Hygienist program was omitted from the Workforce and Economic Development Division Strong Workforce Stars report.
And it was a big omission.
The Dental Hygienist program became the College's first Gold Star discipline after it attained threshold outcomes on three metrics. To receive Gold Star status a program had to meet or surpass the following three metrics:
- An increase in earnings by 50 percent or more, based on a match to the state wage file (students last enrolled in 2015-16 academic year);
- Attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or more, based on a match to the state wage file (students last enrolled in 2015-16 academic year);
- Have 90 percent of students or more employed in a job similar to their field of study (students last enrolled in 2014-15).
The Dental Hygienist program achieved a 70 percent increase in earnings, 75 percent of students attained the regional living wage and 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study.
With the addition of the Dental Hygienist program, the College had 12 programs earn star recognition from the Workforce and Economic Development Division. Only 30 colleges throughout the state had a program earn a Gold Star. Last year, MVC had just one CTE program recognized, earning a Bronze Star award. Riverside City College's Nursing program also received a Gold Star this year.
"We are very proud of the Dental Hygiene program's selection as a Gold Star program," Melody Graveen, dean, CTE, said. "The students experience rigorous training in a state-of-the-art Dental Education Center, which prepares them for the real-world work environment. The faculty and staff do an amazing job and it is exciting to see them recognized for preparing our students for high demand jobs that serve our community."