:NECC offers ophthalmic assistant certificate: After conferring with the offices of area ophthalmologists, surgeons who specialize in eye care, Northern Essex Community College saw a need and created an ophthalmic assistant certificate program through its iHealth@NECC program on the Lawrence campus. This nine-month program will be offered beginning in the fall of 2013. “This program will provide our NECC students with the choice of another healthcare career that will provide them with job opportunities within various ophthalmic settings,’’ said Nancy Garcia, assistant dean, health professions, director, iHealth@NECC. “Our local area ophthalmic groups are very supportive of this program and are excited about its start.” Ophthalmic assistants gather medical histories, conduct vision tests, coordinate patient schedules, and assist eye doctors with various procedural and clerical duties. They work in a variety of health care settings including ophthalmologist’s offices, hospitals, and clinics. This certificate is ideal for those with an interest in health care who have strong interpersonal skills, are detailed oriented, and like to work as part of a team. The program integrates classroom theory, laboratory experience, and clinical practice to prepare students for employment in an ophthalmic clinical setting. According to the board of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of ophthalmic assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent through 2020. The program was designed to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel standards and guidelines. Students must complete a minimum of 80 hours of course work and 480 hours of supervised, full-time clinical experience. Students enrolled in the ophthalmic assistant program complete most of their course work in online courses and come to the iHealth@NECC facility on the Lawrence campus once or twice a week for in-class meetings and laboratory sessions.
:Indoor baseball/softball leagues to begin: Scott Dubben and Juan Tavarez of Seacoast United Baseball will be coaching the popular eight-week School of Excellence Program starting this week at Granite Fields in Kingston, N.H. Participants will work on individual hitting, pitching and fielding, in addition to playing live games. Information and registration materials can be found on Seacoast United’s website at www.seacoastunited.com/baseball. The Indoor Baseball and Softball Leagues will run on Sundays beginning Jan. 6. Team registration can be found at http://www.seacoastunited.com/Baseball/Leagues/677117.html. Individual players also have the option to register as “pool players” (to be placed on a team). All pool player teams will be under the supervision of Seacoast United’s Scott Dubben and Juan Tavarez to maximize the player’s development and enjoyment of playing baseball.