We are hopeful that by our next conference on November 13-15 2020 Things will be back to normal when it
comes to the COVED-19. But Just to be on the safe side we are taking Precautions.
Below is what FOCAL Education is doing the each day of our event to make sure your safe.
Click On Image below to access Infomation about The Board Meeting.
In the last Board Meeting one of the Items listed on the agenda was Continuing Education and more
specifically should a new rule be passed allowing all 20 hours of Continuing Education to be completed
online as a Home Study.
What seemed to prompt this dicussion was the current COVID-19 epidemic, Needless to say
It was a rather heated Debate...
At the end of the meeting the Board allowed for public opinion allowing anyone who wished to
voice their opinion concerning Continuing Education. Many individuals did just that...
Opticians, Optometrist, Board Members and also Continuing Education Providers all chimed in
on where they stood on how an Optician learns better... whether it be through in class room with an instructor or
online through reading numerous pages on a paticular subject or Video on a subject.
It was true democracy and what our founding fathers intended it to be. If you listen to the audio that we provided
you will hear what seemed to be a one sided opinion from those individuals speaking, in paticular other CE providers...either they were for it or against it
and whether they thought an Optician learned better in a home learning environment or through in class room environment.
Many seemed to come up with statistics backing their opinion. Some stated that Opticians learned better one way vs.. the other way.
To say that all individuals learn better in only one way is irresponsible and wrong and makes you wonder whose interest they have at heart...yours or theirs?
Several CE Providers even sent emails out to you trying to validate their opinion to you and trying to get you to believe one way of learning is better vs. another.
To say that all Opticians learn better Through Home Study environment is not true...
or there would no need for Teachers, Speakers, Instructors, and Mentors...
To say that Opticians learns better through in Class room envionment is not true...
or there would need for books, Computers, Work Books,etc.
We believe that there needs to be a balance of both, after all when you went to school wasn't there a balance of both.
You went to school for a set number of hours being taught by a Teacher then you would come home to do Home studying (Home work)
Also, We find that some People learn better in one capacity vs. another... We all are not created the same and are different in how we learn.
That is why FOCAL Education offers different packages to suit your needs.
1. In Class Room With Highly Educated Instructors (Opticians, Optometrists, Ophthalmologist, Lens Specialist, Frame Specialist)
2. Interactive In Class Room Courses
3. Hands On WorkShops Courses. One of our courses involved having an Optometrist bringing in optometric machines and doing an on Hands instruction.
4. Reading Booklet for Home Study
5. Video for Home Study (Coming Soon)
During the meeting when the public was allowed to voice their opinion there was nothing
that we could have said that had not already been said... so we decided to remain neutral because we as an Educational organization
want to focus on bringing you the best Education, in the best venues and making it fun and enjoyable (see our reviews) (scroll down this has been
our mission from the start and it will always be. We did make one comment...and that was if a rule was passed that all 20 hours of
education can be done online how fast can a CE Provider get these classes approved?
By Law online courses have to be approved by the Board of Opticianry
and through our experience getting these courses approved can take a very very long time
and to have multiple CE Providers all send in Home Study Courses at the same time could present huge delays
in Getting these Online Courses to you as an Optician. We are preparing for this Possible Law change by creating online Videos for you to watch
and get credit for but from beginning to end takes a lot of time.
As a Result of the State shut down due to the COVID-19...You Being able to get your Continuing Education has been Cut by a few months
and we feel an extention of our renewal CE Requirements is a better option.
Please keep in mind that we still have approximately 6 months before December 31, 2020
and I'm sure things will be back to normal by then...
We have a huge event planned for November and it is our best Event to date and you do not want to miss it.
We have a special Guest Speaker...John Girdler, Our very own Chairman of the Board of Opticianry.
This may be your one and only chance to learn from the best when it comes to Laws and Rules and Medical Errors.
It will be our one and only event this year...
So, There you have it...FOCAL Education will continue to be there for you...Giving you the Best Continuing Education.
We believe as a democracy all of our opinions count and all voices deserve to be heard...We also support all
those Opinions made at the meeting but thought it was important that you know what ours is...
God Bless all of you and God Bless America.
If you wish for us to post your comments anonymously on our website, just type post comments at the end of your message.
Also type whether you want it to be anonymously or if you want you first name posted with comment...your voice matters...
We want to know what you thoughts, concerns, and what you think of our opinion...(Click on Questions, comments concern image)
FOCAL Education is Celebrating our 11th Biennium, thats a total of 21 years of Educating Florida Opticians with the best Education in the industry. Visit our Review page and see what your fellow Opticians are saying about FOCAL Education. Our Motivation for creating FOCAL Education was being very disappointed with the quality of continuing education for Opticians. Not only do we offer the best education, but we have the best Speakers. We have Opticians, Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, and Leading Company Product Consultants sharing their expertise with you. Our Venues and locations of our Conferences are second to none. We select high end Hotels and Resorts for you to enjoy, such as Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Don Cesar at St.Petersburg Beach, Hilton in Tampa, Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville. Many of our Opticians that attend our Conferences bring their familes with them so they can have a mini vacation at the same time. We have lots of fun at our Conferences, with great music, drawings, and goodies and some of our Conferences include a Continental Breakfast. We are not your typical and ordinary Continuing Education Provider, we have set the standards higher and to the next level, (We have had other CE Providers attend/visit our conferences to see what we are doing different and what is attracting such a large attendance only to have them try to replicate what we do) Our Strong attention to the best education puts you on the next level as an Optician and the word is getting around that we are here on a mission to do just that. Give us a try...Join our family...you will not be disapointed...