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Dispensing Opticians Training Program

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Dispensing Opticians Certificate Program ($99) 

August 23, 2022 - December 1, 2022 Hybrid Program: Online, and at San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401.

*This course is accessible only to students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area*

Overview

The Optical Industry is an ever growing industry that has a need for essential workers who are passionate about helping others by rewarding them with the gift of sight, comfort, and fashion. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the number of Opticians, Dispensing is expected to grow faster than average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Opticians, Dispensing are expected to increase by 13.7 percent, or 70 jobs between 2016 and 2026.(Via CA.gov Labor Market Info) 

 

Cañada College Continuing Education and San Mateo Adult & Career Education (San Mateo Adult School) have partnered to offer the Dispensing Opticians Certificate Program, taught by licensed instructor Lynnette Garcia. The Dispensing Opticians Training Program provides students the foundational work to not only begin a career in optical, but also to acquire ABO board certification, leading to better paying jobs and more opportunity for career advancement in the optical industry. Students will sign up for the ABO exam during this course.

 

Earn your ABO License

Upon completion of this program, students will take the national ABO examination to obtain a license to practice in California. Students will have a selection of job opportunities through large to small optical retail locations, hospitals, private practices with optometrists and ophthalmologists.

 

Class meeting Dates and Times

*This course is accessible only to students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area*

 

Students will be required to meet for class twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm via Zoom with their instructor, with the exception of in person lab sessions, dates and times for which to be determined. 

 

Lab dates and COVID Practices

 

Students will be required to attend 4 in person Lab Sessions at San Mateo Adult & Career Education located at 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401. The in-person lab sessions will be monitored and split into groups of no more than 12 persons due to the restrictions of COVID-19. All attending students will be required to complete a health screening form prior to arriving at campus each lab day, submit to a temperature check, and wear a cotton mask on campus at all times. San Mateo Adult & Career Education will be enforcing state standard sanitary protocol and procedures to accommodate a safe and sterile lab experience for the students. The lab sessions are mandatory for completion of the certificate.

 

Lab Dates 

September 8th : 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p)

September 29th: 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p)

October 20th: 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p)

November 3rd: 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p)

December 1st (OPTIONAL): 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p)

 

Please contact whitem@smccd.edu or lgarcia@smuhsd.org with any concerns regarding the lab section


Student Requirements

 
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent

  • Be fluent in conversational English

  • Must be comfortable with basic algebraic math skills

  • Must have a working computer, internet access, and basic calculator 

  • Must be able to travel for lab sessions located in San Mateo, CA at 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 on scheduled lab class days.

  • Students will sign up for the ABO exam during the course

 

About the Instructor

 

Lynnette Garcia, ABOC

 

Lynnette Garcia is an American Board Certified Optician with over 25 years of experience in the Optical field. She has managed and worked in optical boutiques, private practices, and retail corporate settings such as Oakley Sport Performance where she contributed as a consultant and lead optician aiding in the development of a program to disrupt the eyewear industry. Lynnette also has training as a Health and Leadership Coach and outstanding interpersonal skills which have given her the ability to work with individuals, executives, doctors and staff at all levels over the course of her career.

 

Technical Requirements & Specs

  • A computer running a compatible web browser (see below)

  • Stable Internet connection (video interaction is not available offline)

  • Speakers/headphones, microphone, and web-camera to hear audio from a computer (videos have subtitles as an alternative) 

  • Lessons can be completed on any desktop computer, smart phone, or tablet

  • Students will also need to ensure they have permission to download the Zoom app to the computer (e.g., if using a loaner or shared computer such as in a library) Supported Web Browsers Google Chrome and Firefox

  • Performance will be suboptimal on Internet Explorer; Windows users should download Chrome or use Microsoft Edge (included in Windows 10)

Questions about registration? Please email the program coordinators

whitem@smccd.edu

lgarcia@smuhsd.org

Call 650-574-6149 to register Send to Friend »

Class Details

30 Session(s)
Weekly - Tue, Thu

Location
NA - Online

Instructor
Lynnette Garcia 

 

Notice

Please read:  IN PERSON LAB DATES: September 8th : 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p) September 29th: 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p) October 20th: 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p) November 3rd: 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p) December 1st (OPTIONAL): 5p - 9p (Class 6-9 / Covid check in & classroom set-up 5p)

Tuition: 

$99.00


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
8/23/2022 - 12/1/2022 Weekly - Tue, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM N/A - Online Lynnette Garcia 

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