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					DEKALB TECHNICAL COLLEGE OPTICIANRY PROGRAM OCCUPATION-BASED INSTRUCTION FAQ
In an effort to provide an expansion of the educational experience for students of the Opticianry Program at DeKalb Technical College, a program of occupation-based instruction has been added to the curriculum during the student's final quarter. At this point in their training, the students have completed most of their classroom requirements: ophthalmic laboratory, dispensing, contact lenses, and related subjects. Although the students have obtained clinical practice while on campus, the students need more practical, hands-on experience to further prepare them to become qualified professionals in the ophthalmic community. This information sheet has been prepared for you, the prospective 'occupation-based instruction' employer, to acquaint you with the goals of the program. The following questions have been asked about the occupation-based instructional program: 1. QUESTION: How long is the occupation-based instructional work experience? ANSWER: The occupation-based work experience typically takes place during the student's final quarter in school. Students are ordinarily required to obtain a minimum of 20 hours per week or a total of 180 hours of occupation-based instruction (work experience) during the nine week period. It should be noted that students may be required to attend on-campus seminars on Wednesday mornings and will not be released for the instructional work experience until 12:00 p.m.

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QUESTION: What responsibilities does the employer assume in accepting a student for the 'occupationbased instruction'? ANSWER: The employer will relate to the student as though he/she were a beginning employee, teaching the routine and essential duties of the position. A varied educational experience is necessary. The work station will be visited by a member of the DeKalb staff at least once during the five week period for evaluation of student performance. The employer and the student will be individually asked to spend approximately 15-30 minutes with the evaluator during these visits. At the termination of the work period, the employer will be asked to complete an evaluation form of the student's overall performance for the five week period.

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QUESTION: What are the student's responsibilities? ANSWER: Students will normally be expected to fulfill the requirements that the employer would expect of any new employee. They will work the scheduled work week posted by the establishment.

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QUESTION: Will students be interested in dispensing experience only? ANSWER: Some yes, others no. While all of the students will have completed the dispensing courses, they will have also completed ophthalmic laboratory and contact lens training. These specialized areas of opticianry are of particular interest to many of the students. Most of the students are interested in various combinations of finishing, dispensing, and contact lens activities during their occupation-based work experience.

The students are normally required to obtain dispensing experience, however, it will not be required to give the students finishing or contact lens experiences. 5. QUESTION: Will my work establishment contain enough variety of work opportunities to offer a good experience to the students? ANSWER: It would probably be impossible to require that every work experience contain a definite number of work experience opportunities. Every dispensary, lab, office, or retail store is not the same. It is hoped that the occupation-based instructional opportunities will be as extensive as possible within the limits of the five week time period and work opportunities available at the establishment. The DeKalb Tech supervising instructor will help and assist you concerning the work opportunities.

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QUESTION: What is DeKalb Tech's responsibility in the supervised work experience? ANSWER: The responsibilities of DeKalb Technical College and the cooperating employer are outlined on the attached Affiliation Agreement. The Affiliation Agreement must be signed by a licensed professional representing the cooperating employer and DeKalb Tech.

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QUESTION: What types of work experiences for the student would be helpful? ANSWER: Please complete the attached checklist of work experiences you think you may be able to offer to the student. The enclosed list is not a complete list nor is it expected that every student will gain experience in every area listed. It will simply be helpful to us to get some idea of the types of experiences you expect to give the student as an 'occupation-based instruction' employer.

If you would like to assist DeKalb Tech in the goal of helping to prepare Opticianry students for employment, please fill out and sign all of the attached forms and mail to: Thomas Schulz, Supervising Instructor Opticianry Program DeKalb Technical College 495 North Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, Georgia 30021 Phone: 297-9522 ext. 1255

Thank you for your assistance in this important matter. Participation as a 'occupation-based instruction' employer is a valuable and rewarding experience for you and the student.

WORK STATION TRAINING CHECKLIST
(To be filled out by Cooperating Employer)

OPTICIANRY STUDENT: Name:_______________________________ MAIL OR DELIVER TO: Thomas L. Schulz, Supervising Instructor Opticianry Program DeKalb Technical College 495 North Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, Georgia 30021

COOPERATING EMPLOYER: Name of firm:__________________________________ Licensed Supervisor:____________________________ Address:______________________________________ _____________________________________________ Phone Number: __________________________

DIRECTIONS:

PLEASE CHECK THE TYPES OF WORK EXPERIENCES THAT YOU EXPECT TO OFFER TO THE STUDENT:

Note:

All dispensaries, labs, offices, or retail stores are not the same. If it is possible and if you intend giving the ophthalmic dispensing experience in the listed areas below, please check the appropriate boxes. This form merely identifies the types of work experiences offered to the student.

DISPENSING EXPERIENCE: (REQUIRED)
01._____ Frame Selection/Styling for Patients 02._____ Fitting Patients: Measuring PD's and Writing Order Forms ____Single Vision ____Multifocal 03._____ Neutralization of Patient's Old Glasses 04._____ Verification of New Glasses Received from Lab 05._____ Delivering and Adjusting New Glasses _____ Metal Frames _____ Plastic Frames _____ Rimless Frames ____Cataract ____Progressive Lenses

_____ Special Frames (optyl, nylon, carbon fiber, propionate, polyamide, titanium, steel) 06._____ Adjustments and Minor Repair of Old Glasses 07._____ Pricing/Money Transactions 08._____ Lens/Frame Stock Ordering 09._____ Arranging Displays and Housekeeping Duties 10._____ Insurance Forms 11._____ Other: ______________________________________________

FINISHING/LABORATORY EXPERIENCE: (OPTIONAL)
_____ Plastic/Polycarbonate Lens Processing _____ Glass Lens Processing _____ Layout _____ Blocking _____ Machine Edging _____ Type of Edging Machine: _______________________________ _____ Hand Edging _____ Final Inspection _____ Lens Tinting/Coating _____ Frame Repair _____ Soldering _____ Lens Insertion to Plastic Frames _____ Lens Insertion to Metal Frames _____ Rimless Lens Mounting (screws) _____ Nylon Rimless Lens Mounting _____ Rimless Compression Lens Mounting _____ Edge Polishing/Lens Faceting

_____ Other (Specify) ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

CONTACT LENS EXPERIENCE: (OPTIONAL)
_____ Gas Permeable Contact Lenses _____ Soft Contact Lenses _____ Disposable Contact Lenses _____ Ordering Contact Lenses _____ Verifying Contact Lenses _____ Patient Instruction _____ Clean and Polish CL's _____ Artificial Eyes _____ Trial Lens Fittings _____ Insertion and Removal of CL's _____ Extended Wear Lenses _____ Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism _____ Bifocal Contact Lenses _____ Keratometry _____ Slit lamp Biomicroscope _____ Modification of CL's

_____ Other: (Specify)___________________________________________________

OTHER TYPE EXPERIENCES OR COMMENTS:
______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

AFFILIATION AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATIVE OCCUPATIONBASED INSTRUCTION
THIS AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO ON THE _______ DAY OF THE MONTH OF _____________, 20______ BY AND BETWEEN DEKALB TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND THE FIRM OF

______________________________________ TO AID IN THE EDUCATION OF SUPPORTIVE HEALTH PERSONNEL FOR A 180-HOUR PERIOD LASTING FROM __________________ (Month, Day, Year) TO __________________ (Month, Day, Year) FOR COOPERATIVE 'OCCUPATION-BASED INSTRUCTION' FOR THE OPTICIANRY STUDENT NAMED _____________________________________(Student Name)

DEKALB TECHNICAL COLLEGE AGREES TO: A. B. C. D. E. Assume final responsibility for the educational program of the student. Assume administrative responsibilities (recruitment, records, placement, program change, fees, etc.) Furnish the affiliating agency with names of students and appropriate schedules. Arrange for meetings between DeKalb Technical College and affiliating agency staff. It is the policy of DeKalb Technical College not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color religion, national origin, disability, or handicap in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices.

THE AFFILIATING AGENCY (COOPERATING EMPLOYER) AGREES TO: A. B. C. Furnish clinical facilities required for student experiences. Provide facilities and services, e.g. dressing room space, etc., that are available to other agency personnel. Advise DeKalb Technical College of anticipated changes in agency policies and procedures that affect the student's program. D. Evaluate the student's performance, recommend a grade so that the student may receive proper credit, and add any appropriate comments. (This evaluation is to be done by the person supervising the experience). X_________________________________ DeKalb Tech, Administration X_________________________________ DeKalb Tech, Supervising Instructor X_________________________________ Opticianry Student

X_________________________________ Affiliate (Cooperating Employer) Affiliate Complete Address: __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Phone:____________________________