Who We Are…
Founded in 1907, the Olmsted Center for Sight has long served the needs of blind and visually impaired persons with the goal of supporting their highest level of independence. In 1999, OCS established a vocational training program dedicated to serving a national population of blind and visually impaired persons seeking employment-focused training and placement.
This program (formerly named the Statler Center) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, OCS has revitalized our courses and admissions processes to further meet the needs of participants and workforce demands to create a winning combination.
In 2017, OCS introduced a robust online training platform to complement our onsite programs. In 2019, the online programs were re-designed to be 100% remote instruction opportunities with flexible/rolling admission start dates.
In addition to offering rolling admissions throughout the year, OCS has added curriculums approved by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services-Commission for the Blind and New York State Education Department.
Focusing on developing the technical skills of participants while addressing occupational demands and workforce trends, OCS unveils the following programs as we enter our third decade of vocational training skills programs.