I’ve moved around a bit and wherever I was I had a philosophy; go to
the barber nearest to you. It’s always worked for me. I think this
might work for trade schools too. There will always be a school that
has more appeal than others for non-course study reasons, but all a
trade school can do is PREPARE you. It will never teach you
everything, or even most things, let alone give you the experience
you need to become proficient in anything.
I’ve personally hired people who have graduated from GIA and TIJT in
Paris, TX. They have quite different styles of teaching. I found both
candidates lacking in capability and I don’t blame the school for
that. I’ve also hired a trade school drop out, can’t even remember
where the guy went, but he was one of the best novice jewelers I ever
had. Unfortunately we weren’t able to work together very long.
The point is that it’s not really the school you attend or even what
you get out of it. It’s what you put into the program and what you
bring to it. I don’t know of a single jeweler who would hire one
jeweler over another based solely on where they went to school. It’s
all about capability.
graduate of Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee in jewelry way back
in 1983. I don’t think they even have a jewelry program there
anymore, but I’ve heard nothing but accolades about their watch