Wow! We have never had so many “dedicated” gemology students. By that we mean those taking multiple classes or even starting GIA diploma courses. Our Spring classes saw an almost complete turnover of Diamond Grading students into our Gemstone ID course and then to our Gem ID II course. From those classes four NGI graduates were already or about to be enrolled at the G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America). Having taken our classes, they will be able to utilize NGI equipment and cruise through their studies (saving thousands of dollars in the process) as they complete their G.I.A. Graduate Gemologist program.
Discount Tuition Packages
In 2006, we will bundle multiple classes for discounts so those interested in more than one can get a tuition break. Although our single class rates have finally been raised (still half of G.I.A.’s comparable class), applied discounts make them similar to those of ’05. To obtain these rates you must register for multiple classes as a package.
Classes are intentionally small so early enrollment is recommended. Several sold out in 2005. Also note that Gemstone Identification II or Gemstone Evaluation courses require taking Gemstone Identification first. Ted’s Tucson Tour requires you to take Gem ID and Gem Evaluation. All of our classes may be viewed at http://www.126.96.36.199/