SECO International and National Academy of Opticianry Partner to Expand Virtual Education for Opticians

SECO International, the world’s leading annual conference providing eye care professionals with outstanding educational opportunities since 1923, is pleased to announce the partnership with the National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) to expand virtual education opportunities for Opticians via the SECOUniversity.com platform.

The NAO, founded in 1963, represents over 4000 Opticians worldwide and is committed to providing opticianry education and training in a variety of formats.  Their mission is dedicated solely to education and training of all Opticians.

“The NAO’s core values are rooted in providing all Opticians, beginners to advanced, the educational resources they need to succeed with quality, relevant content delivered by key thought leaders” said Russ Tolar, president of NAO.  “SECO’s mission is aligned with these values, and we are confident that our members will benefit from the partnership.”

The inaugural offering of the SECO/NAO collaboration will include three full days of ABO/NCLE accredited Opticianry online webinar education for the fall of 2020.  NAO LIVE CE Saturdays powered by SECO are currently scheduled for October 10, November 14, and December 5.

“SECO International is pleased with the opportunity to join forces with the NAO to develop and deliver cost-effective remote education for Opticians,” said Max Raynor, OD, president of SECO International, LLC. “Expanding the educational opportunities and offering high quality content, while utilizing innovative formats, is key to meeting our organization’s mission of providing continuing education worldwide to all eye care professionals.  We look forward to collaborating with the NAO as they bring distinct and diverse knowledge and experience to the SECO community.  Working together we ultimately provide better patient experiences and outcomes.”

SECO and NAO are also excited to announce INVISION Magazine as the exclusive media partner for the NAO LIVE CE Saturdays powered by SECO. “INVISION Magazine is thrilled to be joining forces with SECO and NAO to offer opticians access to leading-edge ABO/NCLE accredited Opticianry online education,” said Matthijs Braakman, Publisher of INVISION Magazine. “We are fully supportive of organizations that deliver unique value-driven solutions to independent ECPs. Offering accessible online CE programming is an area INVISION is enthusiastically developing and working together with SECO and NAO is an excellent fit.”

About SECO International 

SECO International, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Southern Council of Optometrists, Inc., is a nonprofit association founded in 1923.  SECO boasts an approximate global membership of 25,000. The annual SECO Congress regularly attracts more than 6,000 national and international eye care professionals, vendors, and allied ophthalmic personnel.  SECO’s year-round online education platform, SECO University, attracts eye care professionals from around the globe and offers on-demand and live continuing education, as well as other educational resources.

About National Academy of Opticianry

The National Academy of Opticianry is a nonprofit association founded in 1963 and represents over 4000 Opticians worldwide.  The Academy is dedicated solely to the education and training of all Opticians.  NAO covers all aspects of education and training from career preparation (internationally known as the Ophthalmic Career Progression Program), certification and licensing exam preparation, and continuing education for beginner through advanced level opticians.

For more information:  www.SECOinternational.comwww.nao.org