Candace Benson

Candace Benson

Interim Dean of Dental Programs


Wayne County Community College District

Detroit, MI USA


The stigma [of going to community college] is there, but for me, I just needed an education. To me, education is what you put into it.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Raised by a single mother—says seeing her work hard and struggle to provide was her main motivator in wanting to succeed.
As a toddler, her mother would bring her to some of her college classes—says she developed a strong sense that “going to school and getting an education was a must.”
Attended Western Michigan University for a semester, but was forced to drop out due to lack of financial aid.
Instead, she decided to attend Wayne County Community College (WCCC)—completed all of her prerequisite classes in a year as opposed to the typical two years.
Ended up switching her major from accounting to dental hygiene and was enrolled in the program alongside her mother—they eventually graduated from the program together.
After working as a dental hygienist for a few years, she was asked to start teaching for the dental hygiene program at WCCC—wanted to help other students succeed just as she did.
Went on to receive her bachelor's and master's degrees in dental hygiene—she is also a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Currently serving as the interim dean of dental programs for Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, MI.
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Education

High School
Associate's Degree
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Wayne County Community College District
Bachelor
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
University of Detroit Mercy
Graduate
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Wayne State University
Certification/License
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Washtenaw Community College
Associate's Degree
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Wayne County Community College District
Bachelor
Nursing Science
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois

Career

Interim Dean of Dental Programs

I am responsible for daily operations of the Dental Program including staff and student recruitment.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Education
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I assist students in a variety of ways to help them attain their educational goals.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

People skills, mentoring, and administrative skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Enjoy science classes and have a passion for helping people.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

certification
Associate's Degree
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
undergrad
Bachelor
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
graduate
Graduate
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
certification
Certification/License
Dental Assisting/Assistant
certification
Associate's Degree
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
undergrad
Bachelor
Nursing Science

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You went to a community college so you must not be smart or well trained. "

Challenges I Overcame

Financial