Valdosta - A technical college in South Georgia sees another way to help area employers.
A shortage of eye care professionals in the Lowndes County area prompts Valdosta Technical College to create a new program. The Optical Program will train students as contact lens assistants, eyewear technicians, and lab technicians.
Val Tech teamed up with local doctors and eye centers whose personnel will teach classes while the businesses will offer internships. "Wilson Eye Center is excited to be a part of this program. We're looking forward to teaching the course, and we're looking forward to having trained technicians and assistants coming into the community," said Dr. Steven Wilson, owner of Wilson Eye Center in Valdosta
After graduation, the students will be prepared to take the state examinations, all of which leads to better job opportunities and a higher income. The program is set to begin this fall.