If you answered ‘yes’, you would be correct on many levels, but most recently regarding YES (Your Employability Skills) students in northeast Pennsylvania.

The nation’s largest privately-owned dental distributor, Benco Dental, recently hosted an inaugural YES (Your Employability Skills) tour at its home office in Pittston. YES students from Mahanoy Area High School toured the Benco facility in order to learn more about careers available within the company.

“The students were impressed with the scale of your operations — the variety of careers that are available at Benco Dental,” said Matt Shuey, Communications and Program Manager for the Pottsville, Pa.- based Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council, Inc.

When they walk into a facility like yours and see sales, marketing, customer support, IT, accounting, alongside the traditional positions you would expect to find at a distribution center, it really opens up their eyes to all careers in the industry.”

The YES Northeast Certificate Program, which is administered to 18 school districts by the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council, is a 120-hour, 1-credit, year-round elective course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants.


YES (Your Employability Skills) students learn about the Benco Dental Operations Department during a presentation from Valerie Steinbrenner.

The course addresses 38 modules in all, including communication, team building, interview/resume/cover letter writing, job applications, personal finance, conflict resolution, time management, and career exploration. The curriculum was developed based upon today’s business and industry needs.

For more information on the YES Program, or other Council offerings, call their office at 570-622-0940 or visit their website at

Within the past 86 years, Benco Dental has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and three design showrooms.  Named one of the top 20 Great Places to Work® in Health Care in 2016, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, Benco is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians.

For more information about a career at Benco Dental, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO