JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – July 19, 2012 – Kaplan College Jacksonville honored Great Expressions Dental Centers as Employer of the Year at its June 22 commencement ceremony.
Great Expressions Dental Centers was chosen for the award for its ongoing commitment to its partnership with Kaplan College and its students. Each year, Great Expressions proudly accepts Kaplan College students into its dental assistant externship program. Through completion of this program, students, such as recent Kaplan College graduate, Kellie Jones, gain onsite experience and job training.
“Kaplan College helped me select an externship where I would grow and enjoy my time,” said Jones. “With Great Expressions, I learned how to work with different dentists and patients in general practice, and it allowed me to do more with my education and develop experience.”
Great Expressions recently hired four Kaplan College Jacksonville graduates, including Jones.
“Kaplan College students and graduates are important assets to our practices,” said Dr. Robert Brody, Florida clinical and regional director, Great Expressions Dental Centers. “We are consistently impressed with the level of skill and commitment that Kaplan students bring to our offices.”
The partnership between Great Expressions Dental Centers and Kaplan College is an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship that provides Kaplan’s top students the opportunity to apply their education and gain real-world experience in the workplace.
“Our students can excel in the workplace after graduation because of the hands-on experience they gain at Great Expressions Dental Centers while in school,” said Kimmeco Greene, dental assisting program chair at Kaplan College Jacksonville. “It’s important to have an educational partner to support our students and help them launch their careers as dental assistants.”
About Great Expressions
For nearly 40 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) has been a leader in providing preventative dental care, orthodontics and specialty care with local offices in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. One of the largest privately owned dental service organizations in the United States, GEDC is consistently recognized for contributions to improving oral health through quality and safety initiatives, affordable dental care services, patient convenience, research and more. For more information, go to www.greatexpressions.com
About Kaplan College Jacksonville
Kaplan College Jacksonville is a part of Kaplan Higher Education Campuses, which provides career-focused education to more than 26,500 students at 58 locations in 17 states. Students receive hands-on training that helps prepare them to enter the workforce in some of the fastest-growing industries. KHEC offers certificates, diplomas and degrees in allied health, business, criminal justice, information technology, legal, nursing and other in-demand fields and is operated by Kaplan, Inc. Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses, is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) and its largest division. For more information, visit www.kaplan.edu.