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ECC student wins national video contest

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

BUFFALO - Many Erie Community College students have been recognized for their exceptional vision. This February, Ophthalmic Dispensing student Benjamin Cohen was honored for his plans to help others with their vision.

The future optician was chosen as one of nine grand prize winners of Transitions Optical's "Students of Vision Video Showcase" contest for his three-minute video on ways he desires to enhance vision of his eventual patients. As one of the competition's top prize winners, Cohen earned a $500 scholarship and all-expenses paid trip to the host company's Tampa, Florida headquarters in April.

"We're excited to share a new, non-traditional and fun opportunity with students to help them earn money for school," said Cheryl Guy, professional development manager for Transitions Optical.

The Rochester native's video entry focused on how, through his planned non-profit Eye Help, he could assist elderly occupants of Western New York nursing homes with on-sight eye exams, as well as eyeglass repairs, cleanings and adjustments. Also noted in Cohen's video was his desire to assist the homeless, natural disaster victims, and the developmentally disabled with their vision impairments and needs.


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.


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