Dental program creating smiles – and careers

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wearing braces, Dekedryn Butler smiles all the time. He's happy his teeth are straightening, but the personable Palestine High School senior has something more to smile about: His future in dentistry. 

By earning a Registered Dental Assistant certification while still in high school, Butler, 17, can earn $12 an hour right after high school and more soon after. He also can qualify for two- or four-year college programs that will lead to dental careers that can pay, depending on location, $70,000 a year.

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