VERONA, N.Y. -- Student and apprentice optician members of the New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO) can enhance their knowledge of the field and improve their preparation for the national American Board of Opticianry (ABO) licensing exam with an SAT Track program and an ABO exam review course to be offered Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12, during the 2021 NYSSO Annual Convention at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.

NYSSO optical shop imageThe SAT Track program will be offered on Saturday, September 11, from 10 am to 4 pm. The first three hours will be taught by Barb Malobabich of IOT America. The two-hour afternoon session will be a Mock Practical facilitated by NYSSO leadership. Participants will receive three Continuing Education Credits in Ophthalmic Dispensing, Basic.

The ABO exam review course, which is part of the SAT Track, uses a curriculum provided by the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS). It will be offered Sunday, September 12, from 8 am to 3 pm. Professor Robert Russo, a professor emeritus and past chairperson of the Vision Care Technology Department at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, will be the instructor.

The Sunday ABO review course is $140 and is open to NYSSO members and non-members. The Saturday SAT Track program is for NYSSO student and apprentice members only. The first 20 students to register for the Saturday program will be given a complimentary ticket to the 2021 NYSSO Convention including the Saturday Reception/Dinner Banquet. Those who are not among the first 20 registrants may attend the convention and banquet for $75 per person.

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The New York State Society of Opticians, Inc. is New York’s only statewide professional association serving the needs of licensed opticians, also known as licensed ophthalmic dispensers. Formed in 1936, NYSSO provides its members with continuing education, access to member benefits, ongoing communication relevant to the profession, career advancement opportunities, and government relations and advocacy.