ADTO and George Brown College have teamed up to streamline the process through which students can be placed with dental labs for field work. This document, put together by the college, outlines the program and details everything lab owners should know prior to requesting student placement.
Field education is contextually based learning where the student is actively engaged in an ongoing learning process within an actual work setting. Field placement is a crucial part of the students’ education as it provides opportunities to learn through experience and allows the student to apply and practice the knowledge and skills gained in the college classroom with the opportunity for evaluative feedback in the work setting. The student can experience what it means to work in their chosen profession as part of a team that responds to the needs of individuals, groups and communities.
There are also reported benefits for employers that host students including improved productivity and service delivery enhancements, streamlined recruitment and screening processes, reduced training costs for new hires, highly motivated and creative students, and enhanced staff capacity and improved employee morale.
Students are responsible to find their own placements during their fifth semester and are required to have one in place before the middle of December. Students may be expected to call for an interview and are reminded that it is the interviewer’s decision whether to accept them for placement.
Students are in the field during their sixth semester of the program commencing in January and continuing until mid-April for the duration of 12 weeks/288 hours. Students are at the college on Thursdays and Fridays and in the field on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Placement will be held for 7 weeks, followed by a one week break during which the students will not be in placement. The students will then return for another 5-6 weeks of placement. It is expected that the student will work an eight-hour day each day they are assigned to the field organization; however, if the student and Field Work Supervisor agree that another day or time period would be more beneficial, this is acceptable to the college as long as it does not conflict with scheduled classes.
The Field Work Supervisor should have appropriate education, sufficient experience in the area of Dental Technology and a minimum of one year experience in their current position in order to instruct a student on the work of the specific laboratory or organization. The Field Work Supervisor must have demonstrated competency as a Dental Technology professional and must have an interest in students and Dental Technology work education.
The Field Work Supervisor will:
7181 Woodbine Avenue
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