HFC welcomes Rachel Jones
For HFC alumna Rachel Jones, a Certified Ophthalmic Technician, nothing is more satisfying to her than helping people see.
“Having patients cry tears of joy because they can see is so gratifying,” said Jones, a lifelong Wyandotte resident. “One of the most challenging things about being a COT is seeing a patient who is devastated by vision loss. That really puts things into perspective for you.”
A passion for ophthalmology
For six years, Jones has worked as a COT. She has been at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit for the last five years. As of the Fall 2021 Semester, Jones has joined HFC as the new clinical coordinator/instructor in the College’s Ophthalmic Technician program. In this position, she replaces Karen Ross, who retired last year. Jones reports to HFC OPT Program Director Dr. Kathy Campbell.
“I started working the day after my pinning ceremony,” said Jones. “I have a passion for ophthalmology and love to share it. This program has done so much for me on both a personal and professional level. Coming back is truly exciting.”
A quality education with career options
The second of three children, Jones is the first person in her family to obtain a college degree. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, she enrolled at HFC. In 2015, she earned her associate degree in applied science – ophthalmic technician.
“I continued my education at HFC because I knew I could get a quality education – with career options! – in a short amount of time,” said Jones, who is married to Brandon. Together, they have a son named Logan.
Currently, Jones is attending Siena Heights University through HFC’s University Center – where she is majoring in applied science and minoring in healthcare management. She will graduate with her bachelor's degree from SHU in December. Additionally, she is a COT through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.
“A super cool experience”
“I wanted to become an ophthalmic technician because I had always worn glasses, and I also like to help people,” said Jones. This semester, Jones is teaching OPT 290: Clinical Externship I.
So far, she’s enjoying being back at her alma mater. She has a lot of pride in HFC.
“Being back at HFC on the other side of the classroom is a super cool experience,” she said. “I am so proud to be back.”
“Ms. Jones is very happy to return to HFC as a faculty member and pay forward everything she’s learned in the College’s OPT program,” said Campbell. “She is a true asset to the OPT program. Our students will benefit from the information and experience she brings with her as a COT. I am very happy to welcome her and call her my colleague.”