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Originally published in Star Metro Vancouver
The dental technology industry has been changing dramatically, demographically, and technologically and the dental technology program at Vancouver Community College has revised their program to meet these demands.
“As in all professions, candidates interested in dental technology should embrace lifelong learning, a desirable trait allowing for adaptability to rapid changes in technology and materials,” says Ken Izumi, department head of the dental technology department at VCC.
“The new dental technology program was designed to reflect the ever-changing conditions of our industry and we are committed to continuing on this path.”
VCC has recently committed substantial funds to create a new, dedicated dental technology computer room with a 3D scanner to enhance the students’ learning experience and give them valuable skills for the workplace.
“Possessing skill sets in digital software and technology applications will enable graduates to assist and even train existing laboratory owners on how to maximize the use of their digital software and equipment,” says Izumi.
Izumi says this program is especially suited for those individuals who are able to focus on tasks for extended periods of time and have an appreciation for accuracy, detail, and a sense of esthetics.
He adds that most students from this program have secured employment before graduation.
“It is not unusual for students to be working part-time after school during their third and fourth semesters,” says Izumi.
“Many of the VCC Alumni have become dental laboratory owners or key personnel in the laboratories.”
This is a five-semester diploma program and the next start date is September 2019.
To experience which other programs VCC has to offer, be sure to check out the next free open house, Experience VCC, on Wedbesday, April 24 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with department heads and tour program areas.
Anyone who applies to a program during the open house will not have to pay the $35 application fee, and could also have a chance to win $500 towards their tuition.