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ECC student earns national opticianry award

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Erie Community College student Eric Lindbloom was recently honored as the Vision of Hope Foundation's winner of the 2014 HOYA Student to Leadership Contest at the Opticians Association of America's State Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

An Alden resident, Lindbloom took top honors amid a field open to all second-year opticianry students of NFOS schools by creating a PowerPoint presentation on the topic of "How We Can All Become Leaders in the Optical Field." Lindbloom's award-winning presentation was not only deemed impressive among his fellow conference attendees, but also a sign of things to come by the opticianry field's current leadership.

"Eric is an exceptional young man whose future is as bright as they come," said Chris Allen, OAA's executive director. "The future of the profession of opticianry will be guided by individuals like Eric, and after meeting this leader I can confidently say that our profession is in very capable hands.”

OAA's State Leadership Conference is the premier networking opportunity for the Opticianry Industry. The event provides leaders from all over North America time for direct, personal contact with industry leaders, giving those leaders the opportunity to ask meaningful questions, view and discuss the issues facing the industry, and strengthen their professional relationships.

Established in 1926, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) serves as the only national organization representing opticianry's business, professional, educational, legislative and regulatory interests. For more information about the Vision of Hope Foundation and its mission to provide vision for the needy; one pair of glasses at a time through education, leadership and mission work, please contact the OAA office at 3740 Canada Road, Lakeland, TN 38002, 901.388.2423, chris_allen14@att.net, or www.oaa.org.

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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