Photo via PixabayThe South County Economic Development Council announced a new career training program Friday for Chula Vista residents seeking to enter the vision and optics industry.

The free training course, called “I Can See My Future,” spans 75 hours from November 2018 to May 2019. Trainees will take part in once-a-week classes lasting three-and-a-half hours on Thursday mornings at the South County Career Center or Thursday evenings at Southwestern Community College.

A dearth of eyeglass manufacturing employees and a donation of funding from the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation prompted the SCEDC to pursue the program. Optician employment growth could peak as high as 18.2 percent from 2014 to 2024 according to the council.

“We’re here to help residents grow and thrive throughout South County,” said SCEDC Workforce and Education Committee Chair Norma Hernandez. “We have many resources and encourage residents to take advantage of the many incentives offered to them.”

Residents interested in joining the course can go to the program’s mandatory orientation meeting at the South County Career Center in Chula Vista on Oct. 25. Orientation sessions are available at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Residents can apply by contacting the SDEDC at (619) 424-5143.

–City News Service

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