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By  , Tuesday, July 03, 2007


From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. – The Gemological Institute of America has announced that for a limited time, the GIA School of Business is offering its online courses for $840 each – a savings of $150 per course. Sessions start July 16 and last 10 weeks. The special savings can be applied towards any of the eight online courses offered.

“GIA online courses provide students convenient access to a comprehensive jewelry business education in the comfort of their own environment,” said Dr. Mink Stavenga, dean of the School of Business. “Any time, any place, day or night, students are able to have access to assignments and connect with fellow students and professors.”

"More importantly, though, the GIA School of Business courses give students knowledge and insight into the unique and highly competitive world of the jewelry business. Not business alone, but the business of gems and jewelry."

Stavenga said, “Our online courses are flexible enough to fit into anyone’s existing work or education schedule. If you want to learn more in a convenient manner, you can. If you want to earn more, the GIA School of Business can give you the tools you need to succeed.”

During the summer quarter starting July 16, students can enroll in any of the required lower division courses for GIA’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree program: Principles of Management, Accounting Basics, Fundamentals of Marketing, and Principles of Economics. These courses, along with upper division courses: Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Retail Management, and International Law and Trade, can all be taken online.

Prospective students can take a free demonstration course to sample the online learning environment and coursework of the GIA School of Business in that section of the GIA website on

About GIA:


An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at Media queries contact: Laura Simanton 760-603-4112.
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