There’s more to fashion that simply knowing what’s in and what’s out.
And in the fashion industry, the opportunities can be as exciting and diverse as the latest look for the season.
"The biggest things for students interested in fashion careers is to have an idea of what they would like to do," says Lead Faculty Christine Conner of the Fashion Program at Lansing Community College. "At LCC, we offer a lot of opportunities to delve into the different areas of the industry."
Faculty and regional partners at LCC have put students on the runway to fashion for nearly a dozen years. Located on LCC’s west campus, the Fashion Program prepares students for careers in fashion design, fashion editing, visual merchandising and display, advertising, marketing, production supervision and transportation interiors. Students can earn up to two certificates or an associate degree, and gain experience through internships at retailers and fashion production facilities—both locally and elsewhere. Transfer options abound, with students going on to study at places like the Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Colombia, Parsons, Michigan State University, and Central Michigan University.
About 85 to 125 students enroll in fashion design programs each year at LCC. Students can attend part-time or full-time, with courses held once or twice a week in two- to four-hour blocks to accommodate students with retail or other jobs. Good math and science skills, a comfort level with computer software, and some artistic abilities is helpful for maximizing success.
BreAnne Turner is among the working students studying apparel merchandising and design technologies at LCC. Originally, Turner had planned to attend a four-year school, but decided on LCC after taking LCC fashion courses through her intermediate school district while in high school.
"The program was much stronger than I thought," says Turner. "My teachers are fantastic, personable and have real-world experience. Everything we do is up to portfolio quality, and they explain everything by industry standard—not just by what they like."
Both Turner and Conner agree that the LCC program is well-poised as The Runway Fashion Incubator opens downtown this fall and positions Lansing as a Midwest fashion Center.
"Lots of times people say ‘really?’ when we connect Lansing with fashion," says Conner. "But when you point out that technology can make it possible to do most any job anywhere, it can work out really well. You’ll just be required to do things a little different and a little better than people who are right at the center of things."
Lansing Community College is proud to host inclusive and engaging programming that highlights the rich diversity on campus. In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage, a series of film-based events will take place throughout fall.
ALL events are free and open to the public.
Friday, September 26
5:30-7:30pm | Gannon Building 244
"In the Time of Butterflies"
Based on the true story of the Mirabal sisters and their involvement in the resistance to the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Three of the four sisters joined the opposition and were known as the “Mariposas” (butterflies). Their leadership in the movement led to their eventual execution on the orders of Trujillo in 1960. Outrage at their murders led to the assassination of Trujillo six months later. Post-film conversation facilitated by Jeff Janowick (LCC Professor of History), more details here.
Friday, October 10
5:30-7:30pm | Gannon Building 244
"Strawberry and Chocolate"
David is a university student who meets Diego, a gay artist unhappy with the Castro regime’s attitude toward the LGBT community as well as the censored conceptualization of culture. ?David’s homophobic classmate, Miguel plans to use David to spy on Diego, a person whom they see as aberrant and dangerous to the Communist cause; Diego, for his part initiates the friendship with sexual intentions. Post-film conversation facilitated by Monica Del Castillo (LCC Counselor) and Ana Woehr (LCC Academic Advisor), more details here.
Thursday, November 13
6:00-7:45pm | Gannon Building 244
"Cuba, the Pearl of the Caribbean"
Journey to the forbidden island with LCC faculty Jeff Janowick, Michelle Detering and Monica Del Castillo. Join a cultural adventure that will surely delight your senses with pictures and personal stories. You’ll experience Cuba through the eyes of educators traveling in a government sanctioned educational group, as well as through the eyes of an immigrant who returned home after 45 years in the U.S. More details here.
Although she’s been known to wear a crown, Lansing Community College student Nicole Miller is about much more than image.
"I really do live my life by the principles of the crown whether it’s on my head or not," says Miller of her role with the Miss America organization. "It’s not about pressure to uphold an image, but it’s about setting an example for a younger generation to stay focused and on the right path to achieve your dreams."
Ever since she can remember, Miller has dreamed of working with young children and in special education. Growing up in Palmyra, Mich., she attended numerous Miss America pageants and was impressed by the young women she observed.
Miller put two-and-two together and began entering pageants through the iconic organization. She saw the opportunity to strengthen and showcase her talents, meet people with similar goals and aspirations, and to contribute to the greater good. She also saw a chance to earn educational scholarships and to reach her goals for college and career.
"Miss America makes a lot of things possible," says Miller of the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. "You learn about yourself and you grow as a person through your service."
In the three years that Miller has competed, she has earned local and statewide titles, and served as the first runner-up for Miss Michigan in 2014. And in August, she began wearing the crown as Miss South Central Michigan.
Miller currently attends LCC with help from Miss America scholarships. Her end goal, she says, is to earn her degree in early childhood education and special education. She is studying American Sign Language as well as her basics, and looking to enter LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter Program.
"It’s really nice to have a smaller class size setting," says Miller of LCC. "It’s not so overwhelming, you feel like you’re learning more, and you’re more connected with your professor."
Miller says LCC’s downtown campus also puts her in close proximity to various associations, organizations and people related to her Miss America service platforms.
"I plan to be involved in all the ways I can with how our Governor is helping with early childhood education," she says. "It will be convenient going to LCC since we’re so close to the Capitol."