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My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs
My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”

“I was looking for a good home for equipment that wasn’t making the move to our new office,” Dr. Riopelle said. “When I met Denise and her students I knew giving them these resources would allow them to become better trained and enhance their education. The chairs had found their home.”

Callaghan and Dr. Riopelle are currently working to establish a program that would include student externships along with regular tours of the new facility including hands-on practice with patients and equipment used daily in dental offices.

“Dr. Riopelle has also expressed interest in letting our students work in a dental clinic that is in progress,” said Callaghan. “This type of experience is amazing for our students and will help them leave CTC prepared for what dentistry really has to offer.”  

A service of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Careerline Tech Center prepares high school juniors and seniors for tomorrow's workforce by providing career and technical education for employment and post-secondary opportunities while promoting life-long learning and personal success. www.oaisd.org/ctc

For more information, contact Denise Callaghan (616) 738-8950 x4487, dcallagh@oaisd.org