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Marana high schoolers exposed to the jewelry industry

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High school students in Marana are on their way to becoming jewelry industry certified.

Over 30 kids from Marana and Mountain View high schools toured the AGTA Gem Fair on Wednesday where they got a hands-on experience of what it takes to operate the worldwide gem business. 

The Diamond Council of America (DCA) has partnered with the Marana Unified School District, offering basic jewelry sales certificate courses. The DCA hopes to attract more people to work in the gem business through its career readiness initiative. 

In the classroom, students are learning about the ins and outs of the jewelry industry through business and marketing classes. 

“This jewelry is art. It’s insane,” said Mountain View junior Adrianna Trejo.

"You meet people who went to the mines and got the gems themselves all the way to the 3-D printers who design the rings on the computer,” said Mountain View senior Brody Dryden.

As for Marana High junior Vincent Petersen, his job prospects are already set in stone.

“I've always had an interest in gemology and minerals. I feel I'll get my degree in petrology and travel around and see the business from every aspect,” Petersen said.

It’s an evolving business with a variety of job opportunities in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

"I think the goal is for them to think about different ways in which they can use their skills in this industry. There's so much infusion of technology now with jewelry as we learned from the vendors talking with us,” said Diana Burge, marketing and business teacher at Marana High School.

Getting a behind-the-scenes look at the jewelry business has Marana High sophomore  Patrick Ornelas very much interested in learning even more.

"Definitely seeing all the aspects of the careers and the awesome things you get to do, travel all around the world to see so many different kinds of gems, collect them, I'd definitely pursue a career in this field,” Ornelas said.

To learn more about the Diamond Council of America, click here

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