Such sad news. My local Dental Tech program is at the end. Very few left in the USA now. Soon to be One less. It was nice to have been there when the Dental Tech program was located in the Dentists' college of MCV in Richmond, Va right with the assistants, hygienists, and Dentists. But, many years ago it was moved down the street into a closet away from Dentists, and the program just got smaller and smaller until......gone. Same with many local labs in my area. No growth, many have closed.....what remains is nothing to brag about. The future? Well....it will be different. That is for sure. Maybe in a decade we have a tipping point and things improve for us techs? or....Maybe not? Would I recommend for either of my sons to become a Dental Tech? No. Not a traditional Dental Tech at least. The future is too uncertain.