Rochester Optical Equips Local High School Lab

 From left, Jeremy Ho and Logan Newman with East High students. Paul Conrow, far right, is a teacher who is developing a program for precision optics.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Rochester Optical, a frame and lens manufacturer based here, has partnered with a local high school to build a fully-functional optical laboratory on campus. The idea came from Logan Newman, a science teacher at East High School who received optical training in the Navy and had experience at NOSTRA (Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity). Newman arranged for professional opticians to train and supervise students who make prescription eyewear for fellow classmates in need. He also developed an optical curriculum to train the students in ophthalmic fabrication, using hands-on experience with optical equipment. Students who complete the curriculum will have a broad optical background and a skill set that is in high demand among Rochester’s growing optical companies.

Newman has also entered an agreement with a community college in the Buffalo area so that students who complete the course will receive college credit toward an Ophthalmic Dispensing Associates’ Degree. Jeremy Ho, president of Rochester Optical, said, “Not only will this be a wonderful opportunity for the kids, but for the future of the optical industry as well. Recruiting experienced optical professionals is a high priority for our company and these students stand to benefit from this demand.”