I see my dental hygiene career as a ladder, and my education in the E-Learning program helped me continue my climb.
RDH, BSDH, MA, Degree Completion, Class of 2015
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Beth earned her associate degree in 1997 where she was a student member of American Dental Hygienists’ Association. After graduating, she practiced clinically for 16 years in the Traverse City area and continued her professional involvement with her local component. It was during this time that she took on her first professional leadership positions, becoming component president and trustee, and serving as treasurer of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Beth has always seen her career in DH as a ladder and she wanted to see what was on the next rung. Encouraged by her mentors at MDHA, Beth enrolled in the U-M Degree Completion E-Learning program in 2013. Beth was drawn to the U-M program because of the flexibility to complete the coursework from home at a time when she had a young family and a job in a great practice. While a student in the program, Beth received the Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Scholarship from the U-M Center for the Education of Women, which recognizes an undergraduate student pursuing a career in a health-related field.
Beth credits the E-Learning program for its academic rigor in scholarly writing which, she remarked, “prepared me immensely for graduate school.” Beth’s next step on her career ladder was to pursue a Master’s degree in Career and Technical Education from Western Michigan University, graduating in 2018.
Currently Beth works at Heartland Institute of Technology in Ionia County, Mich., where she teaches the Healthcare Foundations course to area high school students wanting to explore health-related professions. She is also the dental hygiene consultant for the Michigan Dental Association Annual Session. Beth continues her close relationship with U-M as an adjunct clinical lecturer in the U-M E-Learning Degree Completion program. She is course director for the Oral Diseases online course, a Capstone faculty advisor, and provides leadership and support for the technical needs of the program.
We are so happy that Beth’s career ladder led her to the University of Michigan and can’t wait to see where the next step takes her!
You can pursue your degree at any and every age.
RDH, BSDH, Degree Completion, Class of 2016
Becky earned an associate degree in 1997 and worked for 20 years in clinical practice. However, Becky’s long-term career goal was to work in a corporate environment. In order to achieve that goal, she knew she would need a baccalaureate degree, so she started looking into degree completion educational programs. What drew her to U-M was the curriculum, specifically the fact that U-M degree completion students learn about the structure of community-based programs and complete a capstone project. Reflecting on her U-M education, Becky credits these experiences with positioning her well for the transition into business or corporate settings.
Becky currently works at Delta Dental of Michigan where her title is Care Coordinator and Dental Specialist. Becky works with the Healthy Kids Dental program to help parents navigate barriers to seeking dental care for their children. Becky travels to various communities to educate enrollees on the importance of having a dental home as one way to promote good oral and overall health. She loves working with people and sharing her expertise about oral health.
While a student at U-M Becky received the prestigious Kathy Yee SPIRIT Award, which recognizes a senior student who demonstrates a commitment to enriching the lives of others and advancing the profession of dental hygiene. Activities that demonstrate these characteristics include, though are not limited to, professional involvement, community service, mentoring and-or volunteerism.
Becky’s leadership and professional involvement have grown significantly over the years. From the early days of being a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, to holding leadership positions in her local component, to now being President of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association, Becky has been a wonderful role model and advocate for dental hygiene.
We salute Becky on her outstanding career.