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Dental Assistant Recognition Week Features Special Opportunities

Dental assistant training students in Voorhees attend workshops to learn more about their new career field

Voorhees, NJ – One of the hallmarks of a career-focused education at the Harris School of Business is that you will get more than just classroom training. The Harris School provides hands-on learning opportunities in clinical settings and laboratories, as well as internship placements where students get to work in their new career field. The school is constantly on the lookout for new and authentic learning experiences.

One such example is Dental Assistant Recognition Week, held the first week of March each year. This year, the Voorhees campus marked this special week with extra learning opportunities for its dental assisting students. Manfred Powell, Dental Program Director at the Voorhees campus, was instrumental in coordinating the week’s programs.

The activities began with a continental breakfast with the school’s Dental Department Program Advisory Committee—a committee made up of leaders in the field of dentistry who help to make sure that the curriculum and instruction at the Harris School stays up to date with the current trends and practices in the field. Students were encouraged to meet the advisory board members at this breakfast.

Next followed a series of informative workshops delivered by expert practitioners in the field of dental assisting and dentistry:

  • Advisory Board Member Dr. Robert Frare of Compassionate Dental Care provided a workshop on understanding the dental industry. Dr. Frare serves as a member of the Harris School’s advisory board. In addition to his private practice in Voorhees, Dr. Frare is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and is a published author in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Bruce Barrish of Colonial Dental Lab in West Berlin is also an Advisory Board member. Mr. Barrish delivered a  workshop on the role of the Dental Lab technician in developing dental prosthesis. He has over 46 years of experience in the dental laboratory field, both as a technician and as an administrator. He was able to discuss dental prosthesis in detail as well as share his experiences in this career field with students who are interested in becoming dental lab technicians.
  • Lori Bilder, Director of Career Services, provided a workshop on social media and the job search entitled “Understanding LinkedIn and Professional Social Media Use.” Her workshop focused on the ways in which professional networking sites like LinkedIn can be beneficial during a job search.
  • Manfred Powell, Director of the Dental Assistant program, presented a workshop on career paths for dental assistants, and talked about setting short-term and long-term goals throughout the course of the students’ careers.
  • Ms. Sandy Ciabattoni, a periodontal assistant with Periodontal Health Professionals of Marlton, discussed “The Day In The Life Of A Periodontal Assistant.” This workshop was presented to the evening students, and focused on the role of a periodontal assistant and some of the differences between a general dentist office and a periodontal office.

One of the goals of the workshops was to give students exposure to current practitioners in the field of dentistry. This kind of interaction allows students to see beyond the classroom walls to get a glimpse of what their careers will look like after graduation.

For more information about the dental assistant training program at the Harris School, visit our program page. The dental assisting program is offered at three locations: Voorhees, NJ, Wilmington, DE, and Upper Darby, PA. If this program or any of our career-focused training programs catch your interest, contact us today!

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