Cerritos College News Release, February 2010

Cerritos College Dental Programs to Be Featured on American Health Journal TV Show February 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2010
Media Contact:
Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2287

NORWALK, Calif. - February 10, 2010 - The Cerritos College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs will be featured in an “American Health Journal” TV episode. The show will air on KTLA-TV, Channel 5 on Sunday, February 21 at noon. It will also air on KOCE-TV, Channel 50 on Tuesday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m.

The show spotlights the roles of community colleges in training dental care professionals. The interviews of students, faculty and an area dentist will be featured along with Cerritos College’s state-of-the-art dental facilities and equipment.

“Community colleges train approximately 85% of all dental hygienists,” said Jenine Nolan, dean of Health Occupations at Cerritos College. 

Historically the majority of dental assistants were trained on-the-job in dental offices; however, licensure laws have been revised with a strong emphasis on standardized training, according to Nolan. Consequently, community colleges play a critical role in preparing dental care professionals.

“The Cerritos College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs are impacted due to the large number of students wishing to enter the field.  Graduates are in high demand in the community,” she added.

The multi-award winning “American Health Journal,” hosted by Roger Cooper, is shown on KOCE-TV, public television for Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and on KVCR-TV, public television serving the Inland Empire.  The program also airs on the Healthy Living cable channel and is syndicated on public television stations in over 30 media markets across the country.  “American Health Journal” is a weekly program covering the leading issues in health care and prevention.  This episode of American Health Journal was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Cerritos College Foundation.


Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.