GIA to Offer Courses at University in Johannesburg

The
Gemological Institute of America has partnered with the Wits Commercial
Enterprise, a private company owned by the University of the Witwatersrand in
Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, to offer diamond, colored gemstone, and
jewelry arts education.

The
aim of these courses is to further beneficiation efforts by offering education
that will develop and improve the skill base of local people.

Classes
scheduled for 2011:

  • April
    4–8
  • April
    11–15
  • Oct.
    3–7
  • Oct.
    10–14

GIA
will offer its Accredited Jewelry Professional Program on-site up to four times
a year. Each class will be available for 15 to 20 students. The AJP course,
targeted at the retail jewelry professional, teaches students to provide
accurate information on the 4Cs, design, style, and manufacturing features of
jewelry items their customers are considering, which instills trust and
confidence in the pieces they decide to purchase.

“GIA
is committed to excellence and is proud to work with one of the world’s leading
universities to further our mission of enabling beneficiation through
education,” said Donna Baker, GIA president and CEO, said in a statement. “The
institute looks forward to continuing to serve the region by fostering skills
transfer and development to improve the lives of South Africans.” 

Students
interested in enrolling in these classes should contact mailto:giaeducationafrica@gia.edu for
more information.

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