Timepieces:Education & Repair
AWI Academy Applications
Watchmaker course planned
The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute is accepting applications
for its 1999- 2000 Academy of Watchmaking, a 45-week watchmaker training
program for students with no related experience.
The program, which has 12 available seats this year, trains students
as entry-level watchmakers and prepares them to take several certified watchmaker
tests. Last year's class had six who passed the certified master electronic
technician exam and five who earned certified watchmaker status.
To enter this year's class, which starts July 12, you'll have to complete
an entrance exam by April 1. Once that's done, you'll be contacted to arrange
tuition and housing near AWI headquarters in Harrison, Ohio, near Cincinnati.
Jim Lubic is education and technical director of the school. Stewart
Lesemann, an AWI graduate who furthered his studies in Switzerland, is the
The cost of the 45-week program is $7,750, with scholarships available
to qualified students. In the past, Seiko Corp. of America and other watch
companies have contributed money toward scholarships.
For details, contact AWI at (513) 367-9800, www.awi-net.org.
by Michael Thompson
Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.