Dental clinic for migrant children this Friday at MTC East

(Bradenton, FL—December 1, 2015)   School children enrolled in the School District of Manatee County Migrant Program will receive free dental care at the Manatee Technical College East Campus in Lakewood Ranch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 4.  The Farmworker Career Development Program and Dental Assisting Program of Manatee Technical College will host the Passport to Wellness Dental Project.   Tropicana Products, Inc., is sponsoring the event.


The Passport to Wellness Dental Project will serve school-age migrant children, who have limited access to routine dental care.  The December 4 clinic is free for the migrant children.


The project is a joint effort of Manatee Technical College and the School District of Manatee County Nurses and Migrant Program.  It is similar to the We Care Project in that it offers dental services to schoolchildren in need; it is different in that the focus is on migrant children.  Both projects rely on local dentists and hygienists performing their work pro bono. Tropicana will provide transportation and lunch to the migrant children.


MTC Dental Assisting students will provide pediatric teeth polishing, fluoride treatments, radiographs, and oral health screening. The students will be under the direct supervision of local dentists who will volunteer their services.


The MTC students are active in HOSA, SkillsUSA, and the MTC Student Chapter of the American Dental Assistants Association.  The Passport to Wellness Dental Project is a community-service / service-learning project for these students.


Tropicana is committed to sponsoring the Passport to Wellness Dental Project for Migrant Children on an annual basis.  Interested donors, dentists and hygienists are encouraged to contact Kim Bland at 941-752-8100 x 2110 or


MTI’s East Campus is located at 5520 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Bradenton.


The MTC Farmworker Career Development Program, School District of Manatee County, is celebrating 50 years of serving Manatee and Sarasota counties.  The Farmworker Program provides educational and supportive services to chronically unemployed and underemployed farmworkers to obtain the career-related education needed to prepare them to enter or advance in the workforce and achieve economic stability.


For more information, please contact Esperanza Gamboa at or 941.751.7900 x 1045.

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