Professional Jeweler Archive: Rolex Funds Watchmaking Schoo

October 2000


Rolex Funds Watchmaking School

Saved from closing, North Seattle looks to expand enrollment

Rolex will contribute $1 million over the next five years to the watchmaking school at North Seattle Community College, says college President Kathleen Noble.

The funding will ensure the school’s continuation, adds Patricia Clark, coordinator for computer information and watch technology programs at NSCC.

A small student-to-faculty ratio had placed a financial burden on the school, which would likely have ended the watch program without increased funding, says Clark. Now it can continue presenting the full 3,000-hour Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program curriculum.

“It’s imperative we protect the future of this time-honored craft by ensuring quality education for the watchmakers of tomorrow,” says Walter Fischer, president and CEO of Rolex Watch USA Inc. “It’s my hope Rolex’s contribution and collaboration will encourage others to partner with educators to perpetuate exceptional education in watchmaking.”

Rolex will launch its own watchmaking school in a new two-story technical and training facility in Lititz, PA. The technical facility is scheduled to open in 2001 and the school in 2002, with the WOSTEP program.

• North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA; (206) 526-0173,

• Rolex, New York, NY; (212) 758-7700,

– by Michael Thompson

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