SJC students set to join in one of Houston’s largest eye care projects during
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians’ Week
PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College (SJC) eye care students will help hundreds of school children receive free examinations and eye glasses during Ophthalmic Medical Technicians' Week, Nov. 6-12.
During this time, the SJC students will team up with Houston eye care professionals for the See to Succeed program, an initiative that provides first-12th grade students across the Houston metroplex region transportation to the West End Health Center to receive free screenings, examinations, and a fitting for a pair of glasses to be customized and delivered to their schools at a later date. Partners in the program include the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS), partners include San Jacinto College (SJC), University of Houston (UH) College of Optometry, Essilor Vision Foundation, Wal-Mart, Berkley Eye Center, Luxottica Group Foundation, Eye Care for Kids, and Memorial Area Assistance Ministries.
"Experts say there is a prevalence of 25 percent of all school children in the United States who need eyeglasses," said Debra Clarke, eye care technology program director at San Jacinto College. "Vision problems are directly linked to literacy, and literacy is directly linked to prison population. We need to catch vision problems early on, so that a child's literacy improves, and in result, improves his or her school and college education."
The See to Succeed program also gives future eye care professionals, like Sabrina Smith, a chance to apply what they've learned while working toward an associate degree in the SJC eye care technology program.
"Hands-on training through the See to Succeed program is amazing," said Smith. "Projects, like See to Succeed, and the two clinicals that are required for all students, are very helpful in preparing us for when we enter the field alone." Smith already has a job lined up with Baylor Alkek Eye Center upon graduation from SJC.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians are expected to experience an employment growth of 15 percent throughout the decade, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The eye care technology program at San Jacinto College enjoys a 100 percent job placement rate and is the only accredited ophthalmic technician program in the state of Texas.
Photo cutline: (left to right) Brenda Dives, San Jacinto College eye care technology student, assists Arleth Andrade, Burrus Elementary School student, with an eye examination for the See to Succeed program at the West End Health Center. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.
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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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