Representatives from businesses, government institutions and non-profit organizations across Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area gathered at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food on April 9 for Durham College’s (DC) annual Placement Host Appreciation Evening.
Organized by students in DC’s Special Event Management program, the event was held to recognize the invaluable contribution placement and practicum hosts make to experiential learning when they open their doors to DC students. In fact, more than 600 organizations serve as hosts to more than 6,000 students each year.
Guests heard from Tammy Rideout, manager, Volunteer Resources and Development, Victim Services of Peel Region, one of DC’s gracious employer hosts. Sara Wodnisky, a recent graduate of the Special Event Management program, and current student in the Hospitality Hotel – Restaurant Operations Management program spoke about the two field placement opportunities she has had as DC student. Chris Carey, currently enrolled in the Materials and Operations Management – Business Administration program (now Supply Chain & Operations Management – Business Administration) also spoke about his placement experience with Plexxus in partnership with Lakeridge Health Corporation.
The continued support and mentorship from placement and practicum hosts is invaluable. It has a significant impact on DC students by providing them with the real-world experience to help ensure they are job ready when they step out of the classroom and into the workplace.