DEAC Changes

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by Neuhaus, Jan 14, 2021.

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  1. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    It looks like Realtor University is shutting down and the Diamond Council of America has voluntarily dropped accreditation.

    121820_AC_meeting_report.pdf (deac.org)

    I am a bit sad to see DCA go. But I think it follows the broader trend of DEAC shifting from a primarily vocational accreditor to academic programs.
     
  2. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

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  3. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    When I was young I kicked around the idea of being a locksmith or gemologist, and I think I even sent away for some materials from the GIA? I can't remember now. Gemology, especially diamond grading, seemed so interesting to me. It certainly helped me get an undervalued wedding ring.
     
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  4. sideman

    sideman Active Member

    When you were young? How old is your member picture? You don't look a day over 30. Perhaps you meant when you were younger?

    Anyways, I also considered becoming better educated in gemstones, particularly diamonds, and checked into the Gemological Institute of America years ago. Apparently they're still accredited by DEAC....https://www.gia.edu/gem-education/accreditation-licensing....so that's somewhat of a good sign (and maybe all is not lost with DEAC accrediting vocational schools). At the time they had a lab in Dallas where I could've done all the lab work required. And since I was only a couple of hours away, and my son went to UT-Dallas at the time, I thought it was very workable. Then, just right before I pulled the trigger, they discontinued the lab arrangement there. So that's the humble non-start and quick ending of my life as a jeweler.
     
  5. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    Good guess! I actually just turned 30 a couple months ago. You're right, "when I was younger" was a better option.

    Sorry to hear they discontinued the GIA program you were interested in though. I wish there were more correspondence lab programs out there.
     
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  6. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    "Realtor". Hm. Anyone here ever read "Babbit"?;)
     
  7. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    When I was little, had a super cool uncle that was sort of a gemologist and always traveling and buying diamonds and gems from overseas. As a kid, I thought he had the coolest job in the world!
     
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  8. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I've wanted to be a locksmith for most of my adult life, but I never pursued learning it as anything other than a casual hobby. Locks are simple devices, but they're just so freaking cool, and how could I NOT want to break and enter for a living.... legally!
     
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  9. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    For $100 you can get a set of 5 sample locks (from 1-5 pins) that were see-through, and a lockpick set to learn. $25 will get you a set of warded picks (for warded locks like the black Masterlock) and another $25 will get you a set of bump keys to open old car doors. Good for decent practice.
     

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