Students in the greater Los Angeles area will have more opportunities to attend gemology and jewelry design classes when GIAâ€™s Los Angeles branch relocates to a new 7,051-sq.-ft. facility at Corporate Pointe in Culver City in June.
Starting July 16, GIA will offer Jewelry Design classes in the Los Angeles area for the first time since 1998. Intermediate CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) classes are scheduled to debut at GIA Los Angeles July 12. Additional Extension classes in Diamond Grading (including an evening session Aug. 16â€“31), Gem Identification, and Colored Stone Grading are also scheduled. A Graduate Diamonds program and evening Student Labs have been added.
The new Culver City facilityâ€”located on the first floor at 600 Corporate Pointeâ€”features three classrooms, a library, a student lounge, and a study area. Veronica Clark-Hudson, director of GIA Los Angeles, said it will be about six times larger than the current single-classroom in Los Angeles.
GIA has maintained a presence in the Los Angeles area since founder Robert M. Shipley established the Institute there in 1931.
â€œThis new expanded location renews our commitment to serve our prospective student base and the jewelry industry in the Los Angeles metropolitan area,â€ said Vice President of Education Brook Ellis. â€œLos Angeles is our historic home and we have many GIA supporters there.â€
Ellis said the Corporate Pointe location provides an ambience similar to a college campus. The building is surrounded by lush landscaping where students can relax between classes. Nearby are restaurants, shopping, movie theaters, and a sports club. Many prominent educational institutions are also located in the West Los Angeles area, including Antioch University next door, as well as Pepperdine, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and Santa Monica College, among others.
â€œWith more classrooms and a college-like atmosphere, our new Culver City location will not only allow us to educate more students to help meet the gem and jewelry industryâ€™s needs for trained professionals, but it will also make learning more enjoyable,â€ said Clark-Hudson. She also pointed out that student housing will be more conveniently accessible.