Fashion Technology & Production Services

PURPOSE: This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the garment and textile industry.

This course stresses the understanding and demonstration of the following aspects of the garment and textile industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor, community, health, safety and environmental issues.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: The entire program is 900 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCP’s:

OCP A Seamstress 200
OCP B Power  Machine Operator 50
OCP C Alterationist 150
OCP D Construction Specialist 150
OCP E Alterationist for Fine Clothing 150
OCP F Custom Tailor/Pattermaker 200

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a full program completion certificate are 9th grade in math, reading and language on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Individuals could work in the garment and textile industry as salesperson, sewers, patternmakers, consultants and privately owned business.

SALARY: Earnings for garment and textile industry workers vary by specialty and level of responsibility. For example, average hourly earnings of retail salespersons is $10; of sewers, $11; of Custom Tailor/Patternmaker, $13; and of custom Sewers, $22. The demand for garment and textile industry workers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations.

NOTE: Different kinds of financial aid are available to eligible students and eligible programs. Applications and information regarding financial aid resources may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

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