Robert (Bob) Criss is one of two Dental Lab Technician instructors at Bates Technical College. Bob has more than 30 years of experience in the dental laboratory technology field. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in General Education and a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education. Before coming to Bates, he was a business owner and worked as a laboratory manager in the industry. Now in his third year teaching dental laboratory technology, Bob recently earned tenure at Bates.

  1. What inspires you each day?

I gain inspiration from my interaction with students in the classroom learning environment each day.

  1. What is your mission at Bates?

My mission is to provide students relevant meaningful instruction leading to successful employment in the dental laboratory industry we serve.

  1. What would you say to encourage prospective students to enroll in the Dental Lab Technician program?

My goal as a teacher at Bates Technical College is to make a difference to our students in the Dental Laboratory Technology program. The most important thing that I would do is to prepare the students for the world of work that they will face after program completion.

Most of the students have some connection with the art world, and all of them like to work with their hands. If you enjoy working with your hands and are detail oriented, our graduate job placement percentage is high, and industry demand for our graduates continues to be strong.

  1. What is the best part of being a Bates Technical College faculty member?

Being a Bates faculty member allows me the opportunity to fulfill a career goal to teach and make a difference in the lives of my students.

  1. If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would that be and why?

I would pick the President of the United States. After a fun round of golf before dinner, we would talk about the importance of technical education programs to our country’s economy.