GIA will move its next Jewelry Design class from New York to California

The recent events in New York have forced the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to move one of its Jewelry Design classes, originally slated to begin in midtown Manhattan earlier this month, to its world headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The Institute is offering $1,000 grants to those who enroll in the class before Monday, October 1.

The change of venue comes as a result of the terrorist acts that took place in New York on September 11, GIA officials say. Due to disruption in faculty scheduling at the Institute’s East Coast learning facility, the class now begins Monday, October 1-and continues for 7 weeks-at GIA’s Robert Mouawad Campus.

Recognizing the potential inconvenience caused by the sudden change of venue, GIA is offering an automatic educational grant of $1,000 to students who enroll in the Institute’s Jewelry Design class before October 1. The grant will be applied toward payment of the Institute’s standard tuition fee of $3,595-requiring students to pay a total of only $2,595.

“GIA wants to do everything it can to make sure the lives of our students get back to normal as quickly as possible,” said GIA vice president of education, Brook Ellis. “The attack on America that occurred earlier this month triggered disruption in almost everybody’s lives-including regularly scheduled operations at GIA’s New York City campus. We hope that moving our Jewelry Design class to Carlsbad-as opposed to canceling it altogether-and providing these grants, will help students continue toward a career in the jewelry industry.”

GIA’s Jewelry Design class teaches people how to create jewelry for beauty and problem-free manufacturing. Students practice drawing and painting techniques that effectively communicate their design ideas to clients. Regularly scheduled classes are now full through the end of 2001-making the 11-hour addition of this extra class a welcome surprise for those who are able to act quickly, GIA officials say.

Enrollments are being accepted now by telephone. Call 1-800-421-7250, ext. 4001.

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