Future Oral Health Workforce Day

High School students learn about dental health professions― including dentist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, and lab tech―in this one-day workshop.

The agenda includes: hands-on activities, information on the prerequisites needed to apply to dental training programs and admissions preparation, and additional opportunities for furthering their interest in a dental career.

Future Oral Health Workforce Day Events

Wisconsin AHEC hosted 7 Future Oral Health Workforce Day events with over 150 high school students participants throughout the 2023-24 school year at the following partner sites and communities:

  • Milwaukee: Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Lac Du Flambeau: Peter Christensen Dental Clinic
  • Crandon: Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center
  • Janesville: HealthNet of Rock County & Blackhawk Technical College
  • Eau Claire: Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Rice Lake: Northwood Technical College
  • Green Bay: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

We’re currently planning events for the 2024-25 school year. Stay tuned for more details!

"I really liked getting the opportunity to listen to all of the people who work in the dental profession talk about their experiences and about their careers. I learned really great tips about school and about what it'd be like to even take up being a dentist, dental hygienist, etc."

"I liked that we got to have hands on experiences and got to work with current dental hygiene students and talk to them.”

2023-24 high school student participants

Explore Oral Health Careers

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants help dentists by increasing productivity, safety, and efficiency.

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists work with patients to provide preventive oral health care.

Dental Lab Technician

Dental lab technicians work in a dental lab, using detailed written instructions and molds or scans of the patient’s teeth and/or soft tissues to create dental devices.


Dentists are doctors who provide oral health care through evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the mouth.