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Pioneer International supports optometry students

November 18, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Students in the inaugural class of University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) received donations from Pioneer International, a leading distributer of ophthalmic products. The KYCO Inaugural Pioneer Award provided 65 students a one-time gift of $250.

“By helping ease the burden of student debt, Pioneer International is investing in students’ careers as future optometric physicians,” said Roya Attar, O.D., assistant clinical professor and director of professional relations, who facilitated the donation with Pioneer International representatives.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. Construction is underway on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction is under way on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.


Representatives from Pioneer International present Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., center, vice president for optometric education and founding dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry, with the KYCO Inaugural Pioneer Award for new optometry students. Also pictured: Attar, Bridgette Brashear, director of development, and Lisa Blackburn, associate director of alumni relations and development at the University of Pikeville. 

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