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Sonoran Desert Institute

Sonoran Desert Institute

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --( Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI), an industry leader in providing accredited and accelerated distance learning, is proud to recognize the recent graduates from its School of Firearm Technology and Gunsmithing Certificate program.

Students earning their Gunsmithing Certificate include:

  • John Brackin of BeeBe, Ark.
  • John Daffin of Clarksville, Tenn.
  • William Eaton of Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Christopher Gilmore of Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Justin Griesbaum of Ft. Irwin, Calif.
  • James Logue of Springfield, Ill.
  • Seth Mackey of College Springs, Iowa
  • Mark Overman of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Joshua Sanchez of Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Thomas Terry of Wasilla, Alaska

Students Logue and Sanchez also successfully completed their Associate of Science degrees in Firearms Technology.

“We are very proud of our new graduates and am confident their education and passion for firearms will lead them to long and successful careers in an industry that is demonstrating incredible growth,” says Pam Rogers, director of student services at Sonoran Desert Institute.

“At SDI, we’re an educational resource for students all across the country who want to pursue professional careers in the firearms industry and gunsmithing, and our programs provide a comprehensive learning experience that is both extremely convenient and flexible for our students.”

Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited distance learning school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in allied health, real estate and construction and firearms technology. Sonoran Desert Institute School of Firearms Technology offers a 40 semester-credit Gunsmithing Certificate course and is the most complete gunsmith training program of its kind. The Associate of Science degree in Firearms Technology program prepares students for personal development and/or employment in the custom gun trade, from entry-level employees to small business owners. Students learn about custom firearms, stocks, rifles, handguns, shotguns, metal refinishing, ballistics, metal work and engraving, and business principles necessary to become a gunsmith. The Firearms Technology program requires 60 semester credit hours.

Sonoran Desert Institute offers high quality, rigorous educational programs with the convenience and flexibility of distance delivery. The school has been an innovator since its inception and is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). SDI educational programs are designed predominantly for adult learners, based on principles and practices of active self-learning, and feature one-on-one faculty class facilitation.

To learn more about on the highly acclaimed distance learning programs at Sonoran Desert Institute, visit or call 800.336.8939.

Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited online school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in allied health, real estate and construction and firearms technology. SDI is dedicated to offering affordable, premium, distance-delivered career education that provides a labor market advantage to its graduates. For more information on Sonoran Desert Institute, call 800.336.8939 or visit

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