GIA to close Florence arm of gemmology school

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Pupils to be relocated as owners of license file for bankruptcy.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced last week that it has terminated its agreement with the owners of its licensee gemmology school in Florence, Italy.

The outside party that owns the school provided GIA educational programs through its license agreement with GIA. The GIA has now been informed that the owners of the licensee school intend to file for bankruptcy, and the school will close.

“Our commitment is to the students who are enrolled in the Florence school,” said GIA president and chief executive Donna Baker. “We’re trying to locate them and help them navigate their plans for the future.”

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GIA is in search of students who have registered for upcoming classes at the licensee school in Florence to provide them with other options.

Current enrollees will be offered the opportunity to continue their education, including transitional assistance to other GIA campus locations, GIA Distance Education, or a full refund for those who elect not to continue.

“GIA is stepping in to offer alternatives to all enrolled students who contact us. Although the school in Florence is not owned nor controlled by GIA, we are deeply concerned about the students and want to ensure they receive the finest gemological education,” Baker added.

 

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