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Baker College of Allen Park Opticianry Students Awarded National Conference Sponsorships

January 13, 2014
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Three students selected as future opticianry leaders

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Baker College of Allen Park has announced that three students in its opticianry program have been selected by professional organizations to attend the 2014 national leadership conference of the Opticians Association of America (OAA), Jan. 16 to 18, in New Orleans.

Megan Redman, of Southgate, Mich., and Lara Suiter, Riverview, Mich., are sponsored by a grant that OAA received from the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). Duana Watkins, Inkster, Mich., earned a sponsorship from the Opticians Association of Michigan.

“We’re proud of Megan, Lara and Duana for being identified as future leaders in the opticianry profession,” said Aaron J. Maike, Baker College of Allen Park president. “This will be an excellent professional networking opportunity for our students, and their selection acknowledges the quality Baker College faculty and programming that are preparing them for opticianry careers.”

The three Baker College students will be among approximately 30 students from across the country who will join leaders of state opticianry associations—vice presidents, presidents and executive directors—at the conference. The OAA national conference addresses important issues facing the opticianry profession.

A goal of the OAA student program is to enhance leadership succession for state associations. Students will attend specific courses, interact with other attendees and share what they’ve learned with members of their state associations.

The Baker College opticianry program was developed in response to mid-Michigan employment demand for dispensing opticians. It offers a certificate and associate degree. Graduates of the two-year program will be qualified as “dispensing opticians” and may apply to the ABO and NCLE for certification.

Dispensing opticians are qualified to fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. Career opportunities are available in the offices of ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health practitioners who sell glasses or contacts directly to patients; optical stores; departments of merchandise stores; health and personal care stores, and in various capacities in the optical fields, such as for wholesalers or manufacturers for eyeglasses, lenses or contacts.

Baker College of Allen Park offers the only college-affiliated opticianry program in the state of Michigan and is one of 32 members of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools, an organization that supports formal opticianry education by accredited educational institutions. The Baker College program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of opticians was $32,940 in May 2010, and employment of opticians is expected to grow by 29 percent between 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations due to an aging population that is expected to increase the need for eye care services.

For more information about the Baker College opticianry program, contact the Baker College of Allen Park admissions office at 313.425.3700 or steven.peterson@baker.edu.

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    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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Baker College of Allen Park Opticianry Students Awarded National Conference Sponsorships

January 13, 2014

Three students selected as future opticianry leaders

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Baker College of Allen Park has announced that three students in its opticianry program have been selected by professional organizations to attend the 2014 national leadership conference of the Opticians Association of America (OAA), Jan. 16 to 18, in New Orleans.

Megan Redman, of Southgate, Mich., and Lara Suiter, Riverview, Mich., are sponsored by a grant that OAA received from the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). Duana Watkins, Inkster, Mich., earned a sponsorship from the Opticians Association of Michigan.

“We’re proud of Megan, Lara and Duana for being identified as future leaders in the opticianry profession,” said Aaron J. Maike, Baker College of Allen Park president. “This will be an excellent professional networking opportunity for our students, and their selection acknowledges the quality Baker College faculty and programming that are preparing them for opticianry careers.”

The three Baker College students will be among approximately 30 students from across the country who will join leaders of state opticianry associations—vice presidents, presidents and executive directors—at the conference. The OAA national conference addresses important issues facing the opticianry profession.

A goal of the OAA student program is to enhance leadership succession for state associations. Students will attend specific courses, interact with other attendees and share what they’ve learned with members of their state associations.

The Baker College opticianry program was developed in response to mid-Michigan employment demand for dispensing opticians. It offers a certificate and associate degree. Graduates of the two-year program will be qualified as “dispensing opticians” and may apply to the ABO and NCLE for certification.

Dispensing opticians are qualified to fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. Career opportunities are available in the offices of ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health practitioners who sell glasses or contacts directly to patients; optical stores; departments of merchandise stores; health and personal care stores, and in various capacities in the optical fields, such as for wholesalers or manufacturers for eyeglasses, lenses or contacts.

Baker College of Allen Park offers the only college-affiliated opticianry program in the state of Michigan and is one of 32 members of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools, an organization that supports formal opticianry education by accredited educational institutions. The Baker College program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of opticians was $32,940 in May 2010, and employment of opticians is expected to grow by 29 percent between 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations due to an aging population that is expected to increase the need for eye care services.

For more information about the Baker College opticianry program, contact the Baker College of Allen Park admissions office at 313.425.3700 or steven.peterson@baker.edu.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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When I graduated I needed a job… and that's the one thing I got from Baker.

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