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Roane State Community College

Magazine article Techniques

Roane State Community College

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ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE BEGAN IN 1971 WITH 323 STUDENTS, AND TODAY IT SERVES approximately 6,000 students through day, evening and online classes at its nine locations across East Tennessee. Among those who benefit from the education offered by the college are high school students who earn both high school and college credits through the dual-studies program known as First Class. May 2016 marked the graduation of Roane State's first Middle College class--high school students who began taking college classes in their junior and senior years, graduating with their high school diplomas and associate degrees.

Roane State offers associate degree and certificate options in career and technical programs such as business management, criminal justice and nursing. The Allied Health Sciences Division offers more than a dozen options for students to pursue. In 2012, a consortium led by Roane State received a $12.6 million federal grant to offer more training for health care careers and to provide support for students who need to complete their degrees. Among other milestones, in 2014 the Goff Health Sciences and Technology Building at the Oak Ridge campus was completed.

Roane State's Opticianry program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation. The program, which is part of the Roane State Allied Health Sciences Division, is also a member of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools.

The Roane State Opticianry Associate of Applied Science degree requirements include courses in business, communications, humanities/fine arts, mathematics and social science. In the first year, students study Introduction to Opticianry, Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, Ophthalmic Dispensing I, Ophthalmic Materials I, Geometric Optics for Opticians, and Contact Lenses I. There is a one-credit practicum during the summer semester that consists of fieldwork in a retail dispensary under the supervision of a licensed optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist. …

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