Why We Local: Apprenticeship Council Recognition
We thought we would take a moment to thank to Virginia Apprenticeship Council for their recognition earlier this year. We've been recognized for five years of commitment to the training and certification of apprentices, for working with the American Board of Opticianry to continually train and certify our talented opticians. While we appreciate this recognition, we wanted to use the opportunity to reflect on why its so important to us to participate in programs like these.
We believe in giving back to our community by participating in and maintaining this program for new and existing employees to begin an apprenticeship to become licensed opticians.
We believe programs like this set our opticians a bar above the rest. Our opticians participate in rigorous course study and must pass required exams. They experience practical hands-on training in optical laboratories; learning to fabricate lenses properly, and are required to acquire a minimum number of work hours prior to being allowed to take the exam for licensure.
By employing licensed and trained opticians, we ensure your glasses are ordered and made correctly. Without our exceptionally trained and certified staff, you could end up paying for an inferior product that hasn't been properly produced. There are many eyewear companies that hire only frame stylists, not certified opticians. That approach is not at the core of our mission.
We care deeply about our community, and creating a program like this locally allows us to ensure that jobs stay local in Alexandria. Our patients and customers will interact with properly trained professionals, and future generations will have the ability to participate in an apprenticeship program as a career path.