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Optical Assistant Training Program

Optical Class

The Optical Industry is an ever growing industry that has a need for essential workers who are passionate about helping others by rewarding them with the gift of sight, comfort, and fashion.
The Optical Assistant Training Program will prepare you to work as dispensing opticians, optical assistants, or ophthalmic technicians. Although not mandatory, most students follow our recommendation and take the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam. Once a student is
certified they usually see an increase in salary and advancement. 

Optical Assistant Orientation Registration Form 

Via Zoom 11.29.23

For additional Information call 925-335-5890,

or email Alisia Swafford

This course is offered at no-cost.




  • Approximately 16 weeks with monthly starts
  • Class time is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday


  • Apprenticeship training through Hoya Safety Industrial Rx Program
  • National Opticianry Competency Exam Review
  • Externship with participating ophthalmic professional
  • Continuous job placement assistance



Martinez Adult Education will pay for the ABO certification
upon successful completion of the course.

The certification cost is $225. Please call for details and for enrollment requirements.




Suzy Turcios-Wilson,Suzy Turcios-Wilson, ABOC, has been in the field of optics since 1978 and has been teaching at Martinez Adult Education since 1996. She continues to work in the field as the Safety Eyewear Dispenser at several sites in the Bay Area. Suzy has her Associate of Arts degree from Diablo Valley College and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Communications from San Francisco State University.




aaMarc Castillo our new teacher for the Optical Assistant Training Program. Marc is a graduate of the program and is currently working in the field with one of our employer partners. Marc completed the program and passed the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification exam in October. Marc brings not only experience in the Optical Field but many years of experience in a leadership role in the fitness industry. 



"This class has helped me to understand the procedures of dispensing and all the technical aspects. Experience may be the best teacher but this education has helped me really grasp why we do things a certain way. My experience has been so positive. Suzy is knowledgeable and has a passion for her profession. The staff at Martinez Adult Ed are all friendly and ready to help. Although I am already working in the field of optics, I am so pleased I made the decision to pursue education.

 I have learned so much!"
-Amanda Urnberg