Mr. Robert Whiteside,
When I was at the Texas Institute Jewelry Technology at Paris Texas,
a Job listing was, and still is, provided by Jewelers and
Manufactures who sent job notices. These listings are from all over
the United States. This service is for graduates of the school.
This "TIJT Jewelry Job Listing" had 186 jobs offered. The job
offers were for bench jewelers primarily. Some were for Gemologist,
and a few were for sales associates . The job offers were dated from
Sept. 25, 2001 to Sept. 4, 2002
Job offers for watchmakers and watch repair persons were on another
list which I did not get. I do not work on watches.
Even though the economy has tanked and jobs are scarcer, it is my
experience that jobs are more available, the better qualified the
applicants are. A number of persons with disabilities, of which I am
one, have attended this school. It is my firm belief that this school
offers one the best cost effective solution available. I can provide
copies of this old job listing for any who need confirmation.
Or you can go to the source.
Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology
2400 Clarksville St
Paris, TX 75460
I have hired a few jewelers from the colege thinking that they
must be skilled since they have degrees. WRONG. Most of the ones I
hired graduated with eminse egos and had virtually no skills that
would make me any money. I was told by one of the employees that
the school instills this sense of adequacy and tells them that when
they graduate that they will make lots of money when they step foot
out of the college. It is true that some of the teachers probably
can actually make jewelry, however I have never seen any and they
sure have never contacted me.
I am sorry that I was not able to avail myself of your expertise. I
did not know. I do respect skills which have taken a lifetime to
learn. When they are lost, we all lose. I am sincere in this last
statement. I can see it occurring in the 3 skilled trades I worked
in my younger years. This was not my first apprenticeship .
Respectfully Yours ,
Robert L. Powell - aka - ROBB