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ECC Vision Care Technology student headed to National College Bowl Competition

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—Earlier this month, SUNY Erie Community College student Sahjay Lewis took first place in the Vision Care Technology College Bowl, held on May 4 at the college’s North Campus.

Held as part of the Vision Care Technology Department’s Scholarship Day, Lewis (picture attached, posing with ECC instructor Jack Braun) earned the competition’s top prize, and will represent ECC from October 6 to 8 at the National College Bowl Competition at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Lewis—a Rochester native who began the Vision Care Technology Program in 2015 and will start at SUNY’s The College at Brockport this fall to pursue a career as an optometrist—will be competing among College Bowl finalists from National Federation of Opticianry Schools.

The Bowl will take part during OptiCon 2017, an opticianry education-based conference hosted by the American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners. The ABO-NCLE is the largest and most prestigious opticians’ certification organization in the world, recognizing individuals whose opticianry skills and knowledge meet predetermined standards of excellence. More than 96,000 certifications have been awarded since 1976, and more than 40,000 certifications are currently in force.

ECC’s Vision Care Technology Program offers classroom, clinical and laboratory training, utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation in preparation for careers in the vision care field. Classroom lectures, clinics and laboratories involve skills training in such focuses as lensometry, biomicroscopy, and retinal imaging. Through the two-year program, students are prepped to participate in credentialing exams administered by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners and state licensure exams through the Office of Professions, New York State Education Department; and enter careers in such locations as private optometric and ophthalmological practices, national vision centers, and health maintenance organizations.

For more information on the program, please contact Department Chair/Professor John Godert at or (716) 851-1570.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit or call (716) 851-1ECC.