Durham showers appreciation on placement hosts

(From left) Randy Panesar, Stephanie Ball and Ralph Hofmann pose for a photo at DC's Centre for Collaborative Education. Photo credit: Tracey Bowers-Lee

Durham College showed placement hosts just how much they value the support and mentorship of their organizations at the fourth annual appreciation event at the Centre of Collaborative Education (CFCE) on April 5.

The organizations that take on DC students were recognized for hosting. Interns for six to eight weeks, depending on the student’s program.

More than 106 guests attended from various companies, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Greg Murphy, executive dean of the School of Media, Art and Design, said the event was a success and well run. He just hoped for a better turn out by placement representatives.

“I just wish more employers came out to know how much we appreciate what they are doing for our students and for our programs,” said Murphy.

A presentation in the Global Classroom highlighted the organizations’ contributions to the development and growth of DC students.

Placement host Christina Arcangioli, brokerage team leader from Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage, spoke about how she brought leaders together within her professional environment to highlight DC’s Office Administration – Real Estate program. She also discussed her role in enticing her team to mentor DC students.

Placement students also had the chance to show their appreciation.

Laura May, a fourth-year student in the School of Business IT and Management, Office Administration Executive program is on placement at the Municipality of Clarington.

Patrick Trudel is a Community Integration through Cooperative Education – a two-year modified post-secondary program designed for individuals with an intellectual disability or significant abilities. He is on his placement at Hooksey’s Fish and Chips in Whitby.

May and Trudel both expressed their personal appreciation to their placement hosts. They summarised the things they’ve learned and the assets they will take with them into employment.

Stephanie Ball, executive dean of the School of Justice and Emergency Services and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, works with field placement offices.

She said these organizations provide students with real-world experiences in a work environment, adding placement hosts make an important contribution to the integrated learning students experience.

“Several years ago, the School of Justice held a small event to thank the field placement hosts who took on students,” Ball said. “Now, it’s grown into a college-wide event where all the different schools at the college participate and invite hosts to come just to say thank you.”