Dental Lab Technician students Ramona and Andrina showcase their program at Pierce County Health Career Day.
Dental Lab Technician students Ramona and Andrina showcase their program at Pierce County Health Career Day.

Pierce County’s WorkForce Central is making an effort to encourage young people to consider a career in health care. During a recent Health Career Day, area high school students received exposure to a variety of health care professions, including dental lab technology.

Bates Technical College instructor Bob Criss and two students were on hand to share their knowledge, and provide a first-hand look at what a career as a dental lab technician entails.

First-year student Ramona Lohman and second-year student Andrina Wilkins demonstrated a variety of projects and answered questions regarding the program.

“I enjoyed  introducing the program to the younger students, and getting them interested in a career that they may have never thought they would be interested in,” said Andrina of the experience.

Ramona presented examples of a dental lab technician’s finished work, as well as pieces in progress. Andrina and Ramona brought projects on which to demonstrate.  The two noted the high school students were excited to use orthodontic pliers to bend wire as a hands-on project. “I enjoyed thinking up new ways to hook students into a great career field,” said Ramona.

To learn more about the Dental Lab Technician program, visit www.bates.ctc.edu/DentalLab.

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