GCCC Gets Check to Expand Dental Training

Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist Thursday presented Gulf Coast Community College with a $60,000 check to fund a dental health care program for children and others who are not currently receiving proper dental care.

The college will use the funds, which come from a settlement in a price-fixing case, to provide direct dental services to needy school students and to develop educational and public awareness activities on the importance of dental health in Bay, Gulf and Franklin Counties.

Under the program, the college will focus on second graders and homeless students of all ages, as well as social service and health agencies in the college’s three-county area. The school will invite students to the college’s dental clinic for cleanings, fluoride treatments,
X-rays, sealants and other services as appropriate.

Gulf Coast will also develop four short courses, to be taught at night and on weekends, to enhance nutrition, health and wellness education through GCCC’s Lifelong Learning Office.

The funding comes from a nationwide settlement between states and Illinois-based grill manufacturer Salton, Inc., which paid $8.2 million to settle charges that it violated antitrust laws by fixing its products' prices and blocking competition from other manufacturers.