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January 12th, 2014

 

Oulton College to Graduate First Atlantic Canadian class of Opticians in 2015


MONCTON, NB – With only 6-months left, students of the Optician program at Oulton College are preparing to enter the work force. Not only is the class of 2015 the first to graduate from the College’s new Optician program, but these students will also be the first to graduate as Opticians from an Atlantic Canadian Institution.

 

 As a leader in post secondary career training, Oulton College predicted the future demand for this type of professional training. “We have seen increased awareness of Opticians in the vision care industry, an indicator for future growth and demand for these types of trained professionals,” says Darcie Robichaud, College President.

 

Students have been training in the College’s new state-of-the-art optical science laboratory which prepared them for their in-clinic practicum rotation. “Opticians are a valued member of the vision care team. Our 18-month in-class program ensures that our graduates are benefiting from hands on education, both in the classroom, lab and workplace,” says Robichaud. “Our graduates will also be recognized contact lens fitters, a certification that makes them more desirable in the field given the increased popularity of contact lenses.”

 

Since launching the program in 2013, Oulton College has been working closely with industry professionals to ensure graduates meet the employment demands. “Our Optician program has been popular amongst employers in the area,” says Patricia Worthington-LeBlanc, Director of Student Services.

 

The College’s program is being welcomed by many in the industry, including local vision care providers.  “At Vogue Optical we employ several opticians in every store and often find it difficult to find licenses in many locations. Having more Opticians in the region will help us expand hours, locations and improve our overall customer service,” says Juanita Leary, Vice-President of Vogue Optical. “We are excited to have more dual licenses available in our market. Currently we can only service contact lens wearers on a part time basis because many of our fitters work in several stores.  The Oulton College program will offer dual licensed Opticians, which will help us service our customers more efficiently and help us expand our contact lens business.”

 

While the profession may be new to some in this region, Opticians play an important role in the vision care industry “Opticians are an integral component of the eye health care continuum. By ensuring proper fit and function of your eye-wear, Opticians can guarantee the best visual acuity possible,” says Robert Dalton, Executive Director of the Opticians Association of Canada.

 

“We’re pleased to see that a number of our students have already secured employment before graduation,” says Worthington-LeBlanc.  “I was looking for a medically related career that would allow me to interact and help many people on a daily basis,” said David Lanteigne, a second year Optician student at the College. “Things are really looking up on my end since I am already employed even before finishing the program. I couldn't ask for more when it comes to overall educational satisfaction. “

 

If you are interested in hiring an Oulton College graduate, or for more information about our career focused education, visit www.oultoncollege.com or call 1-888-757-2020.

 

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Located in Moncton New Brunswick, Oulton College has been offering career focused education to students from all across Canada since 1956. Oulton College offers training in four faculties: Health Science, Business, Human Services and Information Technology. With a student population of 700 and growing, Oulton College continues to offer a hands-on approach that helps graduates gain employment in their field of study.

 

Media Contact:
Ryan Sargent
Admissions & Marketing Strategist
T: 1-888-757-2020 x 118
C: 506-875-1607
E: rsargent@oultoncollege.com

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Distribution
 

January 12th, 2014

 

Oulton College to Graduate First Atlantic Canadian class of Opticians in 2015


MONCTON, NB – With only 6-months left, students of the Optician program at Oulton College are preparing to enter the work force. Not only is the class of 2015 the first to graduate from the College’s new Optician program, but these students will also be the first to graduate as Opticians from an Atlantic Canadian Institution.

 

 As a leader in post secondary career training, Oulton College predicted the future demand for this type of professional training. “We have seen increased awareness of Opticians in the vision care industry, an indicator for future growth and demand for these types of trained professionals,” says Darcie Robichaud, College President.

 

Students have been training in the College’s new state-of-the-art optical science laboratory which prepared them for their in-clinic practicum rotation. “Opticians are a valued member of the vision care team. Our 18-month in-class program ensures that our graduates are benefiting from hands on education, both in the classroom, lab and workplace,” says Robichaud. “Our graduates will also be recognized contact lens fitters, a certification that makes them more desirable in the field given the increased popularity of contact lenses.”

 

Since launching the program in 2013, Oulton College has been working closely with industry professionals to ensure graduates meet the employment demands. “Our Optician program has been popular amongst employers in the area,” says Patricia Worthington-LeBlanc, Director of Student Services.

 

The College’s program is being welcomed by many in the industry, including local vision care providers.  “At Vogue Optical we employ several opticians in every store and often find it difficult to find licenses in many locations. Having more Opticians in the region will help us expand hours, locations and improve our overall customer service,” says Juanita Leary, Vice-President of Vogue Optical. “We are excited to have more dual licenses available in our market. Currently we can only service contact lens wearers on a part time basis because many of our fitters work in several stores.  The Oulton College program will offer dual licensed Opticians, which will help us service our customers more efficiently and help us expand our contact lens business.”

 

While the profession may be new to some in this region, Opticians play an important role in the vision care industry “Opticians are an integral component of the eye health care continuum. By ensuring proper fit and function of your eye-wear, Opticians can guarantee the best visual acuity possible,” says Robert Dalton, Executive Director of the Opticians Association of Canada.

 

“We’re pleased to see that a number of our students have already secured employment before graduation,” says Worthington-LeBlanc.  “I was looking for a medically related career that would allow me to interact and help many people on a daily basis,” said David Lanteigne, a second year Optician student at the College. “Things are really looking up on my end since I am already employed even before finishing the program. I couldn't ask for more when it comes to overall educational satisfaction. “

 

If you are interested in hiring an Oulton College graduate, or for more information about our career focused education, visit www.oultoncollege.com or call 1-888-757-2020.

 

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Located in Moncton New Brunswick, Oulton College has been offering career focused education to students from all across Canada since 1956. Oulton College offers training in four faculties: Health Science, Business, Human Services and Information Technology. With a student population of 700 and growing, Oulton College continues to offer a hands-on approach that helps graduates gain employment in their field of study.

 

Media Contact:
Ryan Sargent
Admissions & Marketing Strategist
T: 1-888-757-2020 x 118
C: 506-875-1607
E: rsargent@oultoncollege.com

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