BCTC Partners with UK Advanced Eye Care and Kentucky Career Centers

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Workforce Solutions, UK Advanced Eye Care and Kentucky Career Centers are teaming up to provide a FREE 9-week training and 160 hour paid clinical experience for prospective ophthalmic assistants.

This fall, students are invited to participate in a business sponsored work-based learning project that entails 36 hours in the classroom/lab and 160 hours of paid internship/clinical experience. The internship is the result of a partnership with the Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board.

Upon successful program completion, participants may be hired by UK Advanced Eye Care as an ophthalmic assist. The hourly wage for this career is $12-15, according to the Department of Labor.

Ophthalmic assistants work with an ophthalmologist to provide patient care by performing eye-related clinical tasks, such as taking patient medical history, instructing patients about medications, and assisting with tests and procedures.

Interested participants must have a high school diploma or GED and attend an informational orientation session Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at UK Advanced Eye Care, 110 Conn Terrace (New Shriners Hospital), in the fifth floor conference room. Parking is available at UK Healthcare parking garage, 110 Transcript Ave.

Participants should bring a current resume and be prepared to speak with company representatives about why they would excel in this opportunity. If selected for the program, the only cost to candidates will be $60 for a background check and drug screening.

Interested participants should RSVP laura.lynch@kctcs.edu. Any questions about the program and employment should be directed to BCTC Workforce Solutions Assistant Dean Laura Lynch at 859-246-6583.