Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

September 14, 2012

Dental school coming to Tazewell County

BLUEFIELD, Va. —  A memorandum of understanding was signed today to start work on a new dental school that will be established at the Bluestone Regional Business and Technology Park.

The dental school is designed to address the growing shortage of dentists and dental care professionals in Southwest Virginia and Central Appalachia.

“Dentists and professional dental care are limited in Central Appalachia, but this new dental school will address that problem, and begin to fill our understaffed clinics with the personnel needed to provide rural residents with sufficient oral care,” said Dr. David Olive of Bluefield College.

The plan is to start enrolling students by the fall of 2015, Olive told local dignitaries and guests today at an outdoor ceremony.

For more details concerning how the dental school will help the regional economy, and when the campus will open, see Saturday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.

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