Wilkes University


Wilkes University Business Students Prepare for Entering Workforce With Workshops At Benco Dental

Seniors at the Wilkes University Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership will receive a rare opportunity to gain experience in their fields by participating in a series of events at Benco Dental.

Students in the senior Personal and Professional Development course, in partnership with the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance, will visit different departments, engage in a Q&A session and network with associates and department heads at Benco. 

Bridget Turel, who teaches the course, has partnered with the Alliance to conceptualize this opportunity for graduating seniors. The field experience will help seniors network, create connections and get a feel for a day in the life for professionals in different departments. 

They will also ask questions regarding their field of expertise and get some sound advice on getting noticed for interviews and the ultimate goal - job placement. 

“Inviting students to engage with Benco allows us to give back to the communities and families we serve,” Benco Dental Managing Director Chuck Cohen said. “Engaging the next generation of the workforce as they prepare for their future presents a unique opportunity for both Wilkes and Benco. Students receive a brief initiation into their chosen field and a chance to gain preparedness; Benco connects on an individual level and obtains fresh perspectives.” 

The students will meet with the following departments on three consecutive Tuesdays: 

October 27 – Students met with Michelle Waschek, the culture and events coordinator from the culture and people (human resources) department. 

November 3 – Students will meet with Melanie Butler, administrative assistant to the chief financial officer in the finance department. 

November 10 – Students will meet with Valerie Steinbrenner, executive administrative assistant in the operations department, and Stacy Wardle, rebate analyst in the marketing department. 

A member of the Family Business Alliance, Benco Dental is the largest independent, family owned dental distributor in the United States, with over 400 outside sales people serving over 30,000 customers across the country.