Two favorite classes that certainly prepped me and were most exciting to participate in during my two years at DMACC were Visual Merchandising and Fashion Coordination and Promotion. My day-to-day job currently involves both of these classes and what I learned in them daily. I'm constantly thinking back to those notes that I took and using that as my advantage to get ahead.
The class sizes' being small was certainly helpful in the education and teaching. You get so much more one-on-one time with all of your professors in that sort of environment and additionally, your relationships with classmate's increases greatly. Some of my classmates at DMACC are still some of my best friends.
From the moment I started in the Fashion/Design program the New York Study Tour was the only trip I wanted to go on and I can't express how important it is to go on it. I've lived in New York City now for little over two and half years and would be lying if I said that, that trip did not prep me.
I am forever grateful for the education that I received from DMACC. It preps you for real life scenarios and gives you the knowledge and what you need to know prior to moving out and into “job mode.”
After high school I thought I was ready for a big University and I obviously wanted to get out of my parents' house. I ended up at DMACC and in the Fashion program by chance. I truly believe if my experience at DMACC never happened, I would not be in the Fashion industry and I would not be in London. I am so grateful for how things worked out.
The most beneficial part of the Fashion program is how interested the instructors are in your development as a student and as a person in the industry. They have a love for teaching and that shows in every lecture. They inspired me, made me think in a different way, and encouraged me more than I think they know.
The classroom environment is the best! Instructors encourage team work, classmates were supportive of each other, and I was truly happy about going into every class I took while in the Fashion program. Each lecture was interesting and fun. The instructors for the Fashion, Marketing, and Management Courses are amazing teachers, role models, and friends who I have still kept in touch with still after graduation.
The class size was great, I felt like everyone got the attention they needed. ALL of the instructors had an open door policy and were available to talk about class issues as well as give life advice.
The most memorable moment of the Fashion course was the amazing study trips. Although I was not able to go on the New York trip, I was lucky to of had the opportunity of going to Kansas City and Chicago. Both trips were very beneficial. We had the chance to visit amazing companies, meet professionals in the industry, and were able to get an inside look into jobs and companies that we didn't know existed.
I am currently in my final year of my Bachelor's Degree at the University of Westminster in London, England, where I am studying Fashion Buying Management.
DMACC prepared me in many ways. The confidence I had to be able to apply, interview, and move to another country had a lot to do with the Instructors of the Fashion program. With their encouragement, advice for my CV and cover letter, and constant excitement for my future inspired me to work hard and push the boundaries of what I thought was originally possible. I have lived in London now for almost three years and I have stopped by DMACC to see these amazing instructors each time I visit home.
I can honestly say, every course I took for my program has helped me grow as a person and a professional. My favorite course that I gained the most valuable knowledge was the Textile and Buying courses. Being in retail it is vital to know the backbone of your industry and these two courses laid the foundation of the knowledge I use every day.
The Fashion Design Club has helped me in my career by exposing me to so many possibilities in the industry. The study tours opened my eyes to a huge range of career choices while the small groups gave me instant connections.
I believe the small class sizes gave me an advantage as a student to gain more one-on-one time with my professors and to build valuable relationships with peers and professors that I still maintain today.
The most memorable moments of my program would be the study tours, specifically the New York Trip. I cannot put a price on the experiences I encountered on our trips. I was introduced to the "real world" and real employers that offered valuable advice to help me narrow my career path. I also gained lifelong friends throughout my journey.
I greatly benefited from the relationships I built with my professors. I found a group of teachers that genuinely cared about my success and offered direction and advice to help me along in my career. Today I maintain a connection with my professors to provide internships to students who want to pursue a career in fashion.
I continued my education at Grandview University and received my Bachelor Degree in Service Management. DMACC set the bar high and set a solid foundation to help me finish my degree.
Sales & Management Diploma
Interior Design Consultant Certificate
I am able to apply every part of my education at DMACC into my career. The personal relationships I formed with instructors during my time at DMACC were possible because of the class size and openness of the instructors.
I did a fashion internship in London for three months and it truly shaped that time period in my life. I experienced Fashion Week in London, as well as, worked hand in hand with a designer. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.
I learned the power of being who I am and was able to overcome my tremendous public speaking anxiety. I now speak to groups of people in my profession with confidence and ease!
I believe that my education, friendships, networking and professional opportunities created from my time at DMACC will last a lifetime.
Sales and Management Diploma
Interior Design Consultant Certificate
I was a student who returned to college to make a career change after many years of working as a Registered Nurse.
Overall, I had a wonderful time returning to college. I could easily say these were two of the most enjoyable years of my life. It was exciting to me to learn new skills and I found the classes to be very lively with discussion. The class sizes at DMACC enabled each student to have the opportunity to do well. I felt all my instructors were extremely qualified and made each class interesting and varied. They encouraged all of us to think for ourselves and come up with new solutions to problems.
I took my Internship at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce very seriously and it was a great “hands on” learning experience with the Event Planner that was invaluable. It also exposed me to City Government which has made it much easier to deal with all the State and Federal Government and Legislative bodies that I have regular interaction with in my current job.
Some of my most memorable moments were taking the class study trips to both Minneapolis and Chicago. It was a wonderful exposure to various businesses and their inner workings. These trips were also a great opportunity to get to know many students better and to interact with the instructors in a relaxed manner.
I would recommend an education at DMACC to anyone who is looking to improve and expand their education, prepare them for the work world and do it with reasonable tuition!
Julie Van Cleave
Sales and Management Diploma
Coming back to school after working for so many years was daunting at first. It was the best decision I ever made. I feel better qualified and more confident as I pursue my next career.
There was no doubt in my mind that I would grow academically by going back to DMACC, because of my prior experience attending years ago. What took me by surprise was how much I grew as an individual personally which I can only attribute to my instructors. They truly care about their students and will do all they can to see that they succeed.
All the instructors in the management programs truly love what they do. Their enthusiasm is contagious. I look forward to coming to class every day.
My experience the last two years exceeded my expectations. I had great internships, made new friends, and had a blast on the study tours.
Sales and Management Diploma
I think the opportunity to learn. The ability to find an industry that I didn't know existed before. The creative field (advertising, marketing) were not something that I was exposed to before DMACC. It opened my eyes the careers and an industry that has become more than a passion for me.
For me, the biggest thing was having the ability and opportunity to be put into real situations. We had to learn to think on our feet and instantly build a relationship. Having the ability to begin building a relationship with someone is important, no matter what job or industry. Both have been key to my success after DMACC.
Advertising was one class I felt offered a great deal. We had a project of taking a baseball team where we created a name and built a brand. Working with a team of students, we presented this to the class. It was a way to think independently and within a group. It offered an experience to pitch a business and an idea, which is something I do almost daily now.
I gained so much real experience while in college. The smaller classes allow for easier access to the instructors and fellow students. Having people on both sides to help and encourage you is something that still amazes me about DMACC. If a student does not learn like other students, DMACC might be just what they need. If a student is looking to get out into the world and make their mark, DMACC is a great place to start. I feel that I gained everything I needed at DMACC, and because of my education, was able to learn the rest at my speed. I learned how to learn and what I wanted to learn about because of DMACC.