Middlesex Community College
Aquino was taking a few college courses but found the optical
program at Middlesex, near to her home.
A single mom, she juggled work and classes while completing her
program, getting a clinical fellowship at the Connecticut Eye Center, a
contact lens specialty practice and also helping at the CL clinic on
Aquino has also been taking a few classes at cosmetology school
and some online courses as well. She passed the state boards and is now
pre-optometry, inspired to continue her work in the vision care realm.
“It’s so amazing to help someone, to see people’s faces and make
them happy about their vision.”
HER school SAYS...“She’s done a clinical fellowship, just passed
her state boards and is pre-optometry. She’s a dynamo.”
New York City College of Technology
Bishop was very active in many department projects in the Vision
Care Technology program, secretary of the Student Optical Society and
responsible for keeping her fellow classmates up to date about new
products by inviting guest speakers to the school. She has been working
at LensCrafters for two years and with her ABO-NCLE certification will
apply for her license in September.
After consulting with her professors, she has decided to begin
studies this fall in pre-med and pursue ophthalmology.
HER school SAYS...“Her desire to learn and her commitment is
impressive. Whatever she undertakes, she does with enthusiasm and
Ogeechee Technical College
Crowley had been managing a cell phone store for many years and
when it closed, she was determined to find something else. She happened
to go to the eye doctor that week for her yearly checkup and found
herself intrigued by the exam, with the doctor even commenting that she
might consider the vision industry.
When she enrolled in Ogeechee, she signed up for the opticianry
program and with the encouragement of instructors Deborah Deloach and
Scott Lloyd, she thrived.
Crowley was student advisor on the Optical Advisory Committee,
became a certified children’s vision screener and was part of the
National Technical Honor Society, graduating with honors. ABO-NCLE
certified, she is studying to get her state license this fall.
HER school SAYS...“She is very hard working and is a
non-traditional student in that she is older and returned to school
after being out for many years. She is motivated to changing her life.”
Indiana University School of Optometry
Henry earned a BS degree in kinesiology from Indiana University
but after graduation, felt that she wanted a more specific career path.
Wanting to stay in the healthcare field and remain in
Bloomington, she was intrigued by the optician/technician degree offered
by the IU school of optometry. Henry was class treasurer and received
her class’ “Technician of the Year Award” for overall excellence in all
areas as an optometric technician.
She is currently working as an ophthalmic assistant at The Eye
Center of Southern Indiana and hopes to develop her career there.
HER school SAYS...“Christina excelled academically and
Cuyahoga Community College
Although her parents have owned Family Optical in Middleburg
Heights, Ohio since 1981, Lynham graduated from Kent State University
with a BA in Communications. Returning to her family’s store as an
apprentice, she attended Cuyahoga Community College long enough to pass
the ABO exams.
Lynham finished her Associate’s degree in Optical Technology
seven years later and was awarded a Digital Corneal Reflective
Pupillometer by Essilor while there.
Having just taken the National Contact Lens Exam, Lynham plans
“to take over the family business and keep it as successful as my
HER school SAYS...“Michelle will be a leader in the ophthalmic
Roane State Community College
Morton became interested in opticianry after working at an
independent optical lab. “Once I became aware of the opportunities
available to licensed opticians I enrolled at Roane State.”
Morton was a member of the Student Optical Society and student
representative to the Opticianry Program’s advisory board. She currently
works at LensCrafters and volunteers for Remote Area Medical
(www.ramusa.org), providing no-cost health care to the needy.
She will also represent Roane State at the NFOS College Bowl
competition this September at the OAA Convention/ABO/NCLE Education
HER school SAYS...“Was our leading female graduate, and selected
Outstanding Opticianry Student of the Year by her fellow students.”
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Nguyen graduated from Holy Cross in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in
science and started to work at a private optometry practice called
Newton Eye, assisting ODs with pre-testing duties. After about a year,
she became more interested in the optical aspect of eyecare.
Nguyen started with just one lab course at Ben Franklin, and
decided to obtain her opticianry license. Still working part time, she
completed an accelerated one-year program and last November passed her
ABO/NCLE exams. She is awaiting the state practical exam this September,
the final step in obtaining her license.
HER school SAYS...“She is an outstanding student and remains
motivated to succeed.”
Erie Community College
Penna, who hails from the Rochester area, wanted to be a dental
hygienist, but through a friend discovered the opticianry program at
She was inspired by work she did making eyeglasses for the needy
in the community, via a OneSight event as well as for a local doctor who
traveled to third world countries.
Penna continues to volunteer and now also loves working full time
in the field at Clarence Eyecare, an optometric practice in Clarence,
N.Y. She said, “It’s a really high-technology office and a great place
to learn new things.”
HER school SAYS...“Kristy has embraced the profession with
Raritan Valley Community College
While working full time, as a single mother raising two sons,
Tramontana passed all five of her state board examinations on her first
attempt —an extraordinary accomplishment in N.J., her school reports.
Having worked for various opticians and optometrists since high
school, Tramontana says after a tough divorce, she gave up her original
college education to focus on her boys. But when ahe saw how
well-established her sister, Emma, became in the industry as an optician
through the Raritan Valley program back in 1996 with Brian Thomas as
her professor/mentor, too, she enrolled in the program.
She is currently an optical manager for Dr. Bradford Ripps at
Total Eyecare, Vernon, N.J.
HER school SAYS...“She was always engaged, prepared and made the
intellectual connections that professors love to see in their students.”
Broward Community College
Coconut Creek, Fla.
Inspired by her father, who passed away when she was 8, Zayed has
always had a passion for medicine.
While working in a medical office, she noticed elderly patients
suffering with vision problems, and changed her major from nursing to
Zayed is now ABO certified and in November will sit for the NCLE
exams; she plans to transfer to a university to get her BA in business. A
22-year-old Palestinian Muslim, Zayed hopes to one day open her own
HER school SAYS...“Nura has the top academic scores in her
classes and she also goes the extra mile to help her fellow classmates