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Introduction to Motivational Speaking

As a motivational or inspirational speaker, you will learn how to make speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. Also, you may attempt to challenge or transform their audiences. The speech itself that you will deliver is popularly known as a pep talk.

On this program you will develop the following:

  • Going out in front of hundreds, or sometimes thousands of people requires a lot of confidence.
  • Self-belief. Similar to confidence, believing in yourself is a key skill when motivational speaking is concerned.
  • An Ability to Overcome Adversity.

Wed, Jan 27 – Mar 3, 6 – 8 pm, Online live instruction
Fee and Code: $379, XBUSS 106

Fundamentals of Gemology Certificate

Hillary Spector, GG (graduate gemologist)

Are you considering  a career in the jewelry industry?  This 15-hour program presents a solid foundation in pearls, colored gems, diamonds, and precious metals. Study how gems are formed, mined, identified, graded, and priced, Understand the global, political, and economic perspectives of the industry. The class includes a hands on lab  for assessing pearls and diamonds. Using laboratory equipment, learn colored gem identifying techniques. Hear about job opportunities and effective paths to a career in gemology. Certificate awarded with a 70 percent passing grade on written and laboratory assessments. 5 sessions.

Tues, Apr 6 – May 4, 6-7:30pm, Online live instruction
Fee and Code: $199, XBUSS 034

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Pagano 732-224-2685

Course Outline:


  • History
  • Formation
  • Shapes
  • Properties
  • 4Cs/grading criteria and value
  • Analyzing grading reports “GIA Certificates”
  • Industry updates
  • Career opportunities

Colored Gems:

  • Classifying gems
  • Grading colored gems
  • Properties
  • Identifying colored gems theory

Gem Identification:

  • Using laboratory equipment to identify gems
  • Career opportunities


  • Natural pearls
  • Cultured pearls
  • Cultured saltwater
  • Cultured freshwater
  • Grading/value factors
  • Industry issues/updates
  • Career opportunities


  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Platinum
  • Non precious/base metals
  • Coatings/platings
  • Care and cleaning

About the instructor:

Hillary Spector has more than 25 years of experience in the gemological industry. She is a graduate gemologist (GG) and former instructor of The Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She is a former trainer and staff gemologist for Fortunoff. Presently, Hillary is the instructional specialist for Jewelry Television.

What students say about Hillary Spector:

Excellent course! Instructor’s knowledge of subject matter and teaching style were excellent. I am thrilled I took this class. Kara Blasco.

I love this class. I have had a considerable experience in education having gone to law school but this is the first and only class I have ever had that when it was time to go I couldn’t believe three hours went by. Hillary has extensive knowledge and a fun and friendly way of teaching. Cheryll Cusumano

This class really gave me a better understanding of what to be aware of in the jewelry industry. My goal is to study to be a graduate gemologist and this class was a perfect way to introduce myself to gemology. It really sparked my interest and was fun all the way through. Dana R. Williams

Hillary Spector is a great teacher. Adhem Hady

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