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WE train the very best Dental assistants

Making a Difference

Our team at Indigo realizes that one of the best ways to positively impact society is through improved education. Dental Assisting jobs are projected to grow by 8% over the next decade.

We’ve created a highly focused, accelerated curriculum that provides job seekers a quick and affordable onramp to this expanding job market. In as little as 12-weeks, our clients are employed in their first full time position as a Dental Assistant.

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Impacting Lives

Our method has always been centered on our students. We love seeing them flourish through the program and in their career in dental assisting.

Modern Education
Higher education has been ready for a major upgrades that seem pretty obvious to our team!  Our formula is quite simple

The basic principles listed above are what make up the concept of Modern Education.  We welcome our students, staff, and communities to participate in our ongoing improvement efforts.
Our Culture

Our team is made up of individuals with a complementary variety of skills and backgrounds, and strong working relationships with each other. Together, we share a passion for training and placing individuals in the first role in their new Dental Assistant career.

It’s important to us that we create an environment where our individuals feel valued, enjoy obtaining a quality education, and ultimately change their lives for the better.

Students First
Continuous Improvement
Indigo Promise
It is our belief that education institutions should create programs that matter and lead to employment.  We are so incredibly committed to this line of reasoning that we created the Indigo Promise.  

We guarantee employment within 90 days of graduation or we will refund 50% of your tuition.  ​We stand by our promise.  Students have entrusted our college to provide exceptional education and we take this duty very seriously.

Our students should feel they have gained valuable skills and are completely prepared for employment!​

Disrupting the Education Space

One Student at a Time

Research indicates that the cost of higher education has spiraled out of control–increasing over 500% over the last three decades.

The founders of Indigo set out to create a better way. We focus on career fields that show strong growth.

We offer affordable tuition at a great value, and provide flexible financing plans so that everyone can afford it. We give students half their tuition back if they aren’t placed in a job offer within six months of graduating.

Basically, we’re providing higher education the upgrade it so desperately needs by reducing cost and guaranteeing job placement.

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The Indigo Difference

The Indigo Network + The Indigo Promise = The Indigo Difference

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Dental assistant students in class
2 dental assistants in class
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Dental assistant practicing procedures
Dental assistant students working with equipment
Dental assistant student working with equipment
Dental assistants practicing procedure
dental assistant instructor demonstrating procedure

Everything we do at Indigo is shaped by the one question our students care about most — “How can I land a great job?” Unlike other schools, which are more focused on collecting tuition than preparing students for employment, we measure our success at Indigo based on how well you accomplish your end goal of finding a great job you enjoy. We accomplish this mission by leveraging the “Indigo Network” so that we keep the “Indigo Promise.”  Here's how it works:

The Indigo Network – leading local dental offices that support students in three critical ways:


Network offices help shape curriculum to make sure students contribute on day one of employment


Network offices host externships, providing students with critical real-world experience prior


Network offices post open positions — actual jobs — that are available for student application upon graduation

The Indigo Promise

We are so confident that Indigo is the best way to launch a great dental assistant career that we back up our claim with the Indigo Promise. Simply put, we guarantee all graduating students a job offer or externship within six months of graduation or Indigo will credit 50 percent of your tuition (a maximum of a $4,000 credit). The Indigo Promise is a powerful way for us to align our financial interests with our students.  No other school offers anything close to the Indigo Promise!

Why we're named Indigo

Our name pays homage to an ambitious 18th century entrepreneur named Elizabeth “Eliza” Lucas Pinckney (1722-1793).

Eliza defied convention, not only by becoming an educated female, but by challenging the colonial idea that women weren't suited for industry. As the daughter of a prominent farmer, Eliza was given an education, which by her own words to her father was "a more valuable fortune than any [he] could have given [her]” and, “will make me happy in my future life.” Eliza was fascinated by botany, the study of plants.

At age 16, she was tasked with running three of her father's farms. Rather than plant what her neighbors were planting, she experimented with a highly-prized tropical plant called Indigo until it produced seeds, which she then shared with her fellow farmers. Indigo became one of the most important cash crops of the era, with Indigo dye accounting for one-third of exports.

Eliza's ingenuity and integrity changed the course of history and she became the first woman inducted into South Carolina’s Business Hall of Fame. We hope each of our students will be inspired by Eliza’s drive to excel, innovate, and overcome the odds as they plant the seeds of their own future here at Indigo.
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Meet Our Team
One of our Core Values is teamwork, so we want to give you a glimpse into our team and our lives. We look forward to meeting you!
Aaron Nielsen, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Driven to make a much needed change in a broken education system with extreme tuitions and low levels of accountability for an organization, Aaron and the team created a skills-based education system utilizing technology and professionals in the industry to lead courses.
Josh Twiss, DDS
Chief Academic Officer
Spending the majority of his life learning the dental profession, Josh and his team created an incredible clinical progression for students to master.  Each cohort is treated with the utmost care and mastering skills are the cornerstone of the clinical environment.
Kim Moore, JD
Chief Operating Officer
With unparalleled experience working with global clients and managing unique teams, Kim brings tremendous professionalism and legal skills to the team.  Our students are lucky to have such an incredible negotiator, strategist, and business leader guiding the school.
Marianne Twiss, BS
Chief Human Resource Officer
Marianne brings incredible talent and quality to our team.  With a strong understanding of the Bay Area and as an owner of Ironhorse Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Marianne is extremely familiar with expectations of the industry and how to prepare students for successful careers.
Andrea Powell, MBA, RDAEF2
Director - Manteca and Danville
With years of teaching and dental experience, Andrea is part of our team that oversees our dental assisting students.  Andrea's quality and attention to detail set her up as an industry leader.  You will find Andrea at many of our weekly clinical sessions.
Dillon Fugate, BS
Director of Student Affairs (Online)
One of the greatest people you will ever meet, Dillon works tirelessly to ensure student success and incredible team chemistry.  You will hear from Dillon often in your courses as he is dedicated to your success both in the classroom and beyond.  
Chris Baker, MBA
Director of Student Affairs
With impeccable communication skills and determination, Chris constantly communicates with staff and students to ensure goals are being met and peak performance is being achieved.  Students will learn quickly that Chris will be a major asset as students progress through each program.  
Amber Robinson, RDAEF
Director of Dental Assisting / Dental Assisting Instructor
A veteran in the dental community Amber guides our dental program with the team.  Students will learn from Amber and the team during weekly clinical sessions.  Amber's professionalism and understanding of the industries we are involved in makes her a valuable asset to the school and to our students.
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