Sonoran Desert Institute Partners with Taurus Holdings for Field Study Program

  • SDI Admin

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI), an industry leader in providing accredited and accelerated distance learning, is pleased to announce a new Field Study partnership with one of the nation’s largest and most respected firearms manufacturers, Taurus® Holdings, Inc. The SDI Field Study program provides an innovative opportunity for students and alumni to learn from some of the best firearm manufacturers and training facilities in the industry, and now that opportunity is also available at Taurus Holdings.

Headquartered in Miami, Taurus Holdings, Inc. owns or represents some of the most recognized and valued brands worldwide, including Taurus®, Rossi® and Heritage™. Known as an innovator within the firearms industry, Taurus Holdings is a leader offering quality and value-packed firearms to the United States and Canada. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the Unlimited Lifetime Repair Policy™ as well. Taurus Holdings companies offer a wide variety of products for sale, ranging from single-action revolvers to pistols and long guns.

“SDI Field Study opportunities provide our students and graduates with an unprecedented means for hands-on training in the firearm industry, and we’re very excited to have those opportunities now available with Taurus Holdings,” says SDI Vice President Wes LeMay. “Not only will selected Field Study participants work hands-on with a renowned gun manufacturer and repair department, they will reap the benefit of being part of SDI’s first paid Field Study opportunity. This four-week training session is sure to be an invaluable addition to a student’s SDI education, as they work and learn tricks of the trade alongside the highly trained and professional Taurus gunsmiths.”

In the Field Study program, approved applicants receive free hands-on and on-site training for two to four weeks with SDI-partner companies in the firearm industry. Field Studies are selective, and eligible candidates must be enrolled in SDI Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program or Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program and have completed at least 60 percent of their coursework. SDI graduates are also eligible. There is no cost to participate, but students are responsible for travel and living expenses for the duration of the Field Study. For more information, visit or email

Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited online school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in firearms technology. Sonoran Desert Institute offers a 60 semester-credit Associate of Science degree in Firearms Technology program and it is one of the most complete firearms educational programs of its kind. The 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. For students looking to hone their gunsmithing skills, learn the techniques needed to operate a gunsmithing business, gain a valuable credential or expand their hobby into a career, SDI also offers a 32 semester-credit Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate.

Sonoran Desert Institute offers high quality, rigorous educational programs. The school has been an innovator since its inception and is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). SDI educational programs are designed predominantly for adult learners, based on principles and practices of active self-learning. Certain SDI programs are also approved for use of the G.I. Bill® and other VA benefits, Federal Student Aid (FSA), and Active Duty Military Tuition Assistance, all based on eligibility.

To learn more about on the highly acclaimed online 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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