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717.425.7292                    1.877.ORDER.CI      
2520 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Cambridge Springs
Optical Lab
PCI’s Optical Laboratory at Cambridge Springs has been able to provide eye care professionals and their patients with the upmost quality of lenses, eyewear, craftsmanship and service to 27 State Correctional Institutions and other PA State Agencies since 1988.
Throughout the courses offered at Cambridge Springs, inmates are tested to measure their knowledge and skills, so that they can receive a certificate for successful completion of the curriculum.  Unique to this Corrections Education program is the partnership with PCI that gives graduates of the course an opportunity to interview for employment in the full-service Correctional Industries Optical Lab that carries a complete inventory of frames and finish and semi-finish lenses and produces in excess of 14,000 pairs of glasses each year.
Inmate workers are also trained in accounting, data entry, inventory tracking, shipping and receiving.  Inmates are also introduced to Medicare codes for billing as well as the forms used by commercial insurance companies.  They are taught to perform preventative equipment maintenance, troubleshooting potential problems to come up with answers and solutions and making repairs on each piece of equipment, equal to the equipment found in commercial optical labs.
In 2009, PCI and Pennsylvania Bureau of Corrections Education partnered with the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) to begin a six-month, intensive optical class certification program for inmate workers that work in the Optical Lab.  The ABO certificate combined with classroom learning and lab experience using the same kinds of equipment used in commercial optical labs makes these inmates very attractive candidates for jobs on the outside upon release and reentry.  Since 2009, thirty-eight individuals have passed their ABO Certification exams through the program offered at Cambridge Springs.
The Correctional Industries Optical Lab currently services 27 Pennsylvania Department of Corrections State Correctional Institutions, two Department of Human Services State Hospitals and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, while employing 20 inmates.