New E-course Expands Opportunities

New E-course Expands Opportunities

Citing a shortage of dental assistants in New Hampshire and across the nation, Lisa Scott, Dental Assisting Program Coordinator at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, set about to develop an online course in its Dental Assisting Program.

Her efforts have resulted in Dental Assisting Science I, available for the first time this fall for New Hampshire high school juniors and seniors.

“I wanted to create something more accessible to students in the state who would have to drive a long distance to take the course if it wasn’t available online,” she said.

Dental Assisting Science I is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire’s eStart program, which offers courses with a tuition of just $150 plus the cost of books.

Scott said students who complete and pass the course, however, qualify for tuition reimbursement through the Governor’s STEM initiative.

“This is a great opportunity for students who might have an interest in this career pathway, and the cost is very minimal,” she said.

As for the course itself, it is 3-credits, which can be transferred when students are accepted into the dental assisting one-year certificate program, the only one in NH accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Subjects covered in Dental Assisting Science I include the anatomy of the head with an emphasis on the osteological landmarks and structures of the oral cavity. Both the permanent and primary dentitions are covered, including embryonic development and eruption patterns, as well as an introduction to the structure and function of the human body systems in health and disease.

She said the course rhetorically answers several questions.

“Did you know every tooth has a name and a number?” she said. “Ever wonder what those bumps are all over your tongue?

Other questions include: Did you know the oral cavity can give us information about diseases in the rest of the body and did you know teeth were part of the digestive system?

“This course is a great way to explore the dental assisting profession as a career option,” said Scott, who said program graduates are able to perform a variety of duties.

“They are qualified to perform all of the expanded duties that are legal in New Hampshire, such as coronal polishing, exposing dental x-rays, placing sealants, monitoring nitrous oxide and other duties,” she said.

According to Scott, who is also a Certified Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist, the course serves as a gateway to what she describes as “an exciting and rewarding career.”

“As a healthcare provider, dental assistants help patients with good oral health and overall health, and it is a career I have very much enjoyed,” she said.

To learn more about the course, or enroll, contact Scott at or Kelly O’Brien at

Program information is also available at

STEM Teacher of the Year

STEM Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Robert Lalancette, marine robotics and woodworking teacher at Nahsua North, for being presented a STEM Excellence in Teaching Award from the NH Society of Professional Engineers (NHSPE).

NHSPE seeks teachers who are creative and innovative, as well as an effective motivator of learning among students. According to NHSPE brochure, the organization looks to bring attention to outstanding teachers who “go above and beyond to educate our children in mathematics, science, technology and pre-engineering.”

Mr. Lalancette is a longtime Nashua educator and has taught at North since its opening in the fall of 2004. Again, congratulations!


Register Now for Girls Technology Days 2017

Register Now for Girls Technology Days 2017

Preregistration is now available for Girls Technology Day 2017!  This year there are three locations and dates to choose from:

                                         Tuesday, March 14 @NHTI in Concord

                                         Thursday, March 16 @UNH in Durham

                                         Friday, March 17 @MCC in Manchester

To preregister your 9th and 10th grade students for an event, please go to  

Preregistering allows you to state your preference for a location and date and tells us how many students you will be bringing. The site also includes the coming event’s photo release forms, sponsorship information, and much more. We will send information at a later date to register student groups for individual workshops.

Please feel free to forward this email to all sending schools within your region. Also, share the attached save the date and NHGTD school flyers with faculty and students.  If you have any questions, please contact me or my colleague, Jennifer Kiley (

We look forward to seeing you at GTD 2017!  Dates are filling up, so preregister now for your first choice!


Courtney Ritchings, Education Consultant
Career Development Bureau
NH Department of Education
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 20
Concord, NH 03301
W: 603-271-3809
C: 603-573-0166
F: 603-271-4079