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BIJC Launches Jewelry Education Initiative for High School Students

New York—In a promising step towards fostering diversity and cultivating talent in the jewelry industry, the Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) has inaugurated its jewelry-focused education program for high school students at the Brooklyn STEAM Center.

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Dubbed “The Future Jewelers Academy” (FJA), this initiative aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge for lucrative careers in jewelry and gemology.

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Under the guidance of Professor Frank Fraley, a seasoned jewelry designer and instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the 2023/2024 program promises a comprehensive curriculum covering various facets of the trade, including jewelry design, gemstone setting, materials, laser repair, and casting and molding processes.

Spearheaded by BIJC and generously sponsored by Jewelers Mutual, the program seeks to inspire and empower students, providing them with invaluable insights and opportunities within the industry. To enhance their learning experience, guest speakers from diverse sectors of the gem and jewelry field will share their expertise with the aspiring artisans.

Culminating in a capstone event at the end of the academic year, where students will showcase their creations, the program holds promise for nurturing a new generation of skilled professionals.

Situated in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Brooklyn STEAM Center serves as a vital hub for career and technical training for 11th and 12th graders.

Reflecting on the initiative, Malyia McNaughton, Chair of BIJC and founder of Made By Malyia, expressed profound admiration for the students’ enthusiasm and dedication. She emphasized the importance of investing in the future of the jewelry industry and commended the scholars at Brooklyn STEAM for their unwavering commitment to learning and growth.

The launch of The Future Jewelers Academy marks a significant stride towards fostering inclusivity and excellence within the jewelry sector, promising a brighter, more diverse future for the industry.

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