Depending on your program, your practicum may occur in a private or public agency, business or organization, private or public school. We ensure that practicums are a fit and relevant to your program.
Your Student Success Coordinator will have made contact with you within two weeks of your program start. At any time, you can send an email to Apurva Gosavi at [email protected] with your ideas.
Arranging your own practicum will be based on the program you are in and whether the SSC already has the host on file. For Education Assistants wanting a public school district, the Student Success Coordinator works with the School Districts. If it is a private school, you can certainly reach out to them and ask, however, confirmation must come from the SSC after she researches the school to ensure viability. If you are in the Unit Clerk program, you can inquire with private offices and labs and information sent to your SSC. If it is for a Health Authority, your SSC must go through HSPnet on your behalf. For Mental Health and Addictions and
Developmental Services Worker students, you can inquire with community living agencies and other private organizations. Hosts that are already on our list will be discussed with you based on where you live.
Ashton College is aware that due to health reasons or other personal issues, you may require delaying your practicum. Your Student Success Coordinator will work with you. Students also have an option to complete a Capstone project which your SSC will discuss with you. Further information on Capstones can be found (here).
It is always a bonus to have a student hired from their practicum site. Depending on your program it does happen but it is not a guarantee.
Always maintain a professional relationship with your supervisor and clients. Do not reveal much about your personal life to anyone, especially the clients. Do not use your supervisor as a personal confidant or therapist. That is not their role. Doing so only makes supervision and evaluation of your more difficult. Be friendly of course but keep your personal life out of your practicum site. You must maintain professional boundaries.
All practicums come with a logbook or assignment that will be done during the time of your practicum. Your Student Success Coordinator will discuss those with you during the Practicum Orientation. While on your practicum, your host supervisor will set your hours and tasks based on the expectations of the program you have taken.
Typically students are expected to remain at their placement. Students are rarely permitted to change sites. Organizations invest many hours and some expense in training and mentoring practicum students. When a student agrees to take on responsibilities at a placement, then the obligation has been fulfilled
Any student who is unhappy with the experience he/she is getting at the practicum site should make that clear to both the site supervisor and the Student Success Coordinator so that a more fulfilling experience can be negotiated. Engaging in difficult conversations and resolving difficult issues is part of being a professional not something to be avoided. It is unfair to an agency site for a student to simply give up and move to another agency.
If you discover that working with the clients of an agency or focusing on the issues of the clients creates too much emotional turmoil for you, please advise your supervisor right away. Facing emotionally charged issues is an everyday occurrence in the helping professions. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can help.
Due to continued restrictions in most schools, agencies and organizations it may be impossible for a physical visit. The SSC will contact you once a week and will contact your host supervisor a minimum of 2 times to discuss how you are doing.
If there is a labour dispute during your practicum, you may be required to pause your practicum. Dependent on the length of the practicum, the SSC will work with you and your practicum host to resolve the days missed or have you complete your practicum elsewhere. The Student Success Coordinator stays aware of any placements that are currently going through a possible dispute if they are union.
You can work part-time during your practicum as long as your hours do not interfere with the hours you will be at your practicum.
If you are going to be absent for any reason, you must inform your practicum host as well as the Student Success Coordinator. Depending on the reason, you may be required to make up that day.
It will be important to stay in touch with your Student Success Coordinator during your practicum. The SCC will work with each student on a case-by-case basis.
If you are asked to leave your practicum, the Student Success Coordinator will investigate through conversation with your practicum host to the reasons why and then speak with the student. If resolvement cannot be done, another practicum may be set up for you. If that is not possible, the student will be required to complete a Capstone project to graduate.
Our Student Success Coordinator is your first point of contact regarding practicums, questions and practicum check-in.
Email: [email protected]
Days/Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm PST