FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Director of Communications and External Relations
Equipment Donation Creates New Opportunities for Citrus College Dental Assisting Students
Glendora, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2019) – Citrus College recently received a donation of dental equipment valued at more than $125,000.
Dr. Richard Cohrs, a dentist formerly based in Covina, donated a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) dental imaging and milling machine, along with the accompanying computer and software, to the Citrus College Registered Dental Assisting (RDA) program upon retiring from his practice.
This digital impression system makes same-day crowns. Rather than having patients wait two weeks for a lab to make a crown, this equipment can create crowns in the dentist's office in a single appointment.
The CAD/CAM machine will allow Citrus College RDA students to learn a state-of-the-art process that goes beyond the minimum skill requirements of accreditation and other dental programs. Understanding the complex machinery will also prove highly valuable in their future careers.
"I am grateful to Dr. Cohrs for his generous contribution to the Citrus College Registered Dental Assisting program," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "Our program will continue to be a leader within the region due the commitment of our faculty and the support of industry professionals, such as Dr. Cohrs. Undoubtedly, his investment in Citrus College will enhance the learning experience of our students and carry the legacy of his career well into the future."
In addition to the donation, Dr. Cohrs also served on the Citrus College RDA Program Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2015. His involvement with the college even extended to offering internship opportunities to recently graduated students in his dental office. Many Citrus College alumni were able to gain vital experience under his guidance before launching successful careers in the dental field.
"Dr. Cohrs' recent donation to the college's registered dental assisting program is immense in its generosity and potential to increase student success," said Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "We are thankful for his overwhelming support of the college, as well as to Patterson Dental for delivering the equipment to Citrus College free of cost."