Archive for April, 2014

Lake Area Technical Institute Dental Programs

A health enthusiast, Brooke Kuecker was an active athlete who participated in softball and basketball in grade school and gymnastics during high school. Following high school, she attended Lake Area Technical Institute to pursue a health profession. A graduate, Brooke Kuecker holds an associate’s degree in the dentistry field.

Located in Watertown, South Dakota, Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) offers degree and certification programs that prepare students for future occupations. The dental assisting program teaches students how to administer nitrous oxide, take x-rays, sterilize instruments, and perform other duties as an extension of a general or specialty dentist. An 11-month curriculum, LATI provides hands-on experience in a school setting as well as in clinical offices. A 20-month program is also offered, which gives students the opportunity to earn their associates of applied science with an emphasis in dentistry.

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, LATI’s dental assisting program can be completed online. Built as a hybrid course, students take a series of computer-based courses from home and attend on-campus labs. In addition, 300 hours of clinical experience is required at an approved dental office.

Graduates of LATI’s dentistry programs pursue careers in private and general practices. Furthermore, graduates are qualified to work in hospitals, orthodontic offices, and public health fields.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Award and Scholarship Programs

An active member of her community, Brooke Kuecker is involved in church and service activities that benefit her neighborhood’s welfare. Brooke Kuecker also maintains a life membership with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

An advocate of patriotism and education, the Ladies Auxiliary offers award and scholarship programs for middle- to high school-aged students. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are eligible to participate in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Essays submitted must explain in 300 to 400 words the current year’s theme, which is, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Graded on a 100-point scale, the student’s essay is evaluated on theme knowledge, theme development, and clarity of ideas. State winners advance to a national competition, where $46,000 in prize money is awarded. The first place winner of the national essay competition is awarded with $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Created in 1946, the Voice of Democracy Scholarship provides a platform for high school students to express their patriotism. A written and recorded essay, submission into the competition requires a three minute to five minute audio recording of the student’s entry. Voice of Democracy Scholarship entries are scored on originality, content, and delivery. State winners are awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will compete for $152,000 in scholarships. The student who earns first place during nationals receives a $30,000 scholarship. The 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Scholarship theme is, “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.”