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Highline College is recruiting for a part-time faculty position in the Dispensing Optician Program for Fall Quarter, 2018. The Department has an interest in having the part-time faculty positions filled by September 1, 2018 and will continue to accept applications until the position has been filled.

The opening in the Licensed Dispensing Optician department for FALL 2018 is for Basic Optics (OPTIC 101). The LDO program offers one online class per quarter for a total of nine quarters.

The Opticianry Instructor is responsible for instructional preparation and teaching optical theory courses for both the apprentice and degree for fall, winter and spring quarters. This instructor will be responsible for the learning outcomes involving mathematic concepts and formulas used in the understanding and manufacturing of optical lenses.

The instructor will prepare lesson plans for online instruction, assist with developing program curriculum, syllabi, goals, and objectives, and evaluate students’ progress in attaining goals and objectives. In coordination with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, the instructor will assist with and maintain program certification/accreditation requirements as appropriate, and assist with recruitment, retention, and job placement efforts. Position may include variable hours. Requirements include assisting students with compliance with Department of Labor and Department of Health standards for maintaining apprenticeship status. All instructors must complete orientation for Canvas, the Learning Management System, before teaching online.

Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula, and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Located 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle, Highline College serves one of the most diverse populations in the western states.  Nearly 70 percent of the college’s 12,000 students are students of color, representing over 35 nations and more than 100 languages. Highline’s core goals are Student Attainment, Diversity, Community Engagement, and Sustainability.  The college community strives to maintain a campus climate that integrates equity, inclusion, and social justice as core values.  Among other recent recognitions, Highline received a distinguished Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2014, as well as the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award in 2013 and 2014.  The college was also named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Best Colleges to Work For in 2010 and 2013.

Highline’s faculty number nearly 500, including more than 120 full-time faculty and 350 part-time instructors.  Highline offers one of the highest full-time faculty salary levels in the state and strong support for faculty professional growth, innovation, and leadership.
Additional information is available at

• To provide instruction to students and help promote effective learning.
• To ensure that course content is consistent with department guidelines.
• To maintain communication with department coordinator, and with department faculty.
• To meet and maintain, as a condition of employment, the requirements for certification appropriate to the faculty member’s particular field. This may include vocational certification and professional licensing.
• To be able to assist students with educational planning or direct students to appropriate campus resources.
• To pursue appropriate professional development activities in order to stay current in assigned teaching fields, program, and discipline.
• To comply with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
• To maintain a standard of honest and ethical behavior in their professional duties.
• To maintain and submit required institutional and state records and reports on a timely basis.
• To assume reasonable responsibility for care and safekeeping of College supplies and equipment.

At Highline, successful faculty applicants demonstrate the ability to promote:
– Active, inclusive and culturally relevant learning environments and curricula that welcome and engage all students, incorporating instructional technologies as appropriate to improve student attainment.
– Cultural responsiveness and a commitment to equity in interactions with students, faculty, staff and community members who span a diverse range of languages, nationalities and ethnicities, socio-economic levels, identities and educational experiences.
– Collaborative approaches to day-to-day activities, to the development of innovations and new initiatives and, when necessary, to problem-solving.
– Self-reflection practice in teaching and learning, assessment, leadership, professional development, and service.

– Minimum three (3) years of experience as a licensed dispensing optician; AND
– Licensed Dispensing Optician in Washington State; AND
– ABO-NCLE certified.

– AAS Degree in Opticianry from a COA accredited program;
– Bachelor’s Degree in related field;
– Teaching experience;
– Thorough understanding of algebra, trigonometry, geometry and physics.

Your online application must include the following attachments in order to be considered complete:
– A detailed resume that addressed the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position.
– Letter of Interest (Cover Letter) describing your skills and abilities related to this position.
– A one-page response to the DIVERSITY STATEMENT found in the Supplemental Tab above.
– Transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate course work and degrees   (unofficial transcripts may be substituted – official transcripts required upon employment.)

This is an open continuous process.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Information from the Department of Health

There were questions asked at the round table in October that we were not able to answer.

After research, here are the answers to those questions:

In order to receive information from the Department of Health on any up coming hearings, you must subscribe to their communications. The communication tab is on the dispensing opticians program webpage.

It does not matter to the Department of Health when the tests are taken or in what order, as long as it is after June 1, 2015 and before application is received to apply for licensure. The 6 year rule still apply’s. An apprenticeship, in addition to 6,000 hours of training or schooling must be completed along with testing within 6 years.

Questions or concerns:

Thank You
Diane Charles LDO,HFOAAOAW
Legislative Chair

News Regarding Washington Licensure

Washington state has changed the testing piece of our licensure. All the criteria to sit for the exam remains the same. All the pieces to renew your license are the same. The only thing that has changed is who administers the exam. It is now given by ABO/NCLE. After passing the exam, all Washington State Licensed Dispensing Opticians will be grandfathered into ABO/NCLE as certificants. Licenses will still be issued by Washington State Department of Health. A copy of your license can be sent to ABO/NCLE for their certification. There is a fee to receive your certification from them.

There is another way to become a Licensed Dispensing Optician!

As the State of Washington has chosen to close our formal education, 2-year program, the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), wanted people to know there is another avenue to achieving the title of ‘Licensed Dispensing Optician’.

These are the steps to receive education as an apprentice optician with the Highline College Program:

1) Register with the Department of Health as an apprentice optician under your supervisor,

2) Register for Highline College,

3) Register with the JATC committee for theDepartment of Labor and Industries. By doing this a student is eligible to pay half tuition for college credits relating to the dispensing optician program.

4) A student’s employer must register as a ‘training agent’.

5)A student’s hours must be submitted monthly.

6) A student, apprentice, must complete 144 hours of formal education per year. Each class at Highline College is 55 hours per quarter, so by completing each quarter of the 3 offered each year, it qualifies for the formal education requirement.

7) To convert this education into a 2-year degree, an additional 35 credit hours would be required.

Forms for steps 3, 4 and 5 are available at These forms will then be sent to the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC).

The JATC is a group of industry volunteers who are happy to help a student or interested person through this process. For more information, please feel free to contact:

Dennis Prescott:

Diane Charles:

Legislative Update 2-22-17

SB 5759 – 2019-20: Increasing opportunities for the use of remote technology in eye exams.

HB 775 Georgia (Passed): Banned “Opternative” and other online refracting technologies. It also prevents neutralizing and duplication of lenses by opticians.

HB 2378 Arizona (Failed in Committee): Dissolution of Arizona Optical Dispensers License. It is still in committee (on hold) but was essentially killed after Feb 17 due to not being brought up for discussion. However, it does have 19 different bipartisan cosponsors, It could be brought back to life. The Arizona state board of dispensing opticians does mention the bill on their website but do not seem overly concerned.

HB 1497 Virginia (Passed House and Senate, Governor must sign by 2-24-17 to become law): Requires, for ophthalmic prescriptions written on or after July 1, 2017, that an ophthalmologist or optometrist establish a bona fide provider-patient relationship with a patient prior to prescribing spectacles, eyeglasses, lenses, or contact lenses, and sets out requirements for establishing such relationship, which includes options for examination of the patient either in person or through face-to-face interactive, two-way, real-time communication or store-and-forward technologies.

HB 617 Ohio (Failed): Ohio Optical Dispensers Board is being recommended for consolidation in a new super board, Vision & Hearing Professionals Board. Being proposed again in 2017, more to come.

FTC Contact Lens Rule: September 2015, the FTC sought public comment on the costs, benefits, and impact of the Contact Lens Rule as part of its regular review of all current FTC rules and guides. The Commission received 660 comments from interested parties and stakeholders, many of those were from our State and National Associations as well as individual opticians. The new proposal will require optometrists to obtain a signed agreement stating a prescription was received by the consumer. The signed acknowledgement must be kept on file for three years.

In Loving Memory

It is with a heavy heart that I report to you the loss of one of the greatest friends that Washington State Opticians have ever known, Judy Haenke.

Judy, a longtime HSQA employee, died unexpectedly Jan. 3. Her passing is a sad loss to all of us who worked with and knew her.

Judy was an original Department of Health employee. She transferred to the agency when it was formed in 1989, coming from the Department of Licensing. She worked as a program manager in what is now the Office of Health Professions, overseeing work involving numerous health professions over the years, including the Optometrists and the Optician Examining Committee. Judy retired in 2015.

A memorial service for Judy will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 in Bethel Church, 132 Kirkland Road, Chehalis. Her brother, Pat Smith, is planning the service. He would like to know how many people might attend. People may contact him by email.

In a 2014 interview in conjunction with the Department of Health’s 25th anniversary, Judy spoke about the satisfaction of knowing that our work contributes to making Washington a safer, healthier state. She also talked about the importance of relationships in our workplace.

“You get a real friendship,” she said. “You know how people work. It’s like a family.”

Tim Alden, former LDO: I worked with Judy on the Examining Committee for six years, and conferred with her on various projects afterward. I remember her explaining our mission. “Our main objective is to not set unprepared Opticians on the unsuspecting public.” I will so miss her sense of humor.

Judy was indeed part of our optical families. We will miss her.