All completed the Jewelry Design and Watch Repair program at Bishop State.
This 18-month program (nine months for each certificate) has been around since 1965. Today, 14-16 students go through the dual program every year, and many go on to receive their national certification.
Stephen Lange, program instructor, said the Bishop State program is the only full-time program of its kind in the state of Alabama, and one of only 11 watch repair programs in the country.
It’s a program, however, that gives artists and designers a practical outlet, in terms of employment, for their talents and skills.