The Marana Unified School District is showcasing its dental assisting program during an open house Tuesday.

The open house, which is open to the public, is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marana Health Center, 13395 N. Marana Main Street.

The school district, in collaboration with the Health Center, offers a two-year career and technical education course available to juniors and seniors attending Marana and Mountain View high schools.

The dental assisting program prepares students for further education in the dental assisting field. By enrolling in the two year course, students will perform a wide range of dental office operations including x-rays, chair-side assistance, instrument transfer and preparation of teeth impressions; they also work alongside a dental professional.

Upon completion of the program students are qualified to sit for two certifications — oral x-ray and coronal polishing. With certifications, graduates will be qualified to enter into a position as a dental assistant.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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