Students sewing

REXBURG, Idaho ­­­— BYU-Idaho has approved the new major of FCS Apparel Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor of Science degree program in the Department of Home and Family. This degree is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Home and Family and the Department of Business Management.

The purpose of the degree is to better equip students with the needed skills for today’s careers in the apparel design and construction industry. Clothing has always been one of the top grossing industries in the world and technology has changed the apparel design industry along with every other career. Today’s students need to incorporate both business and technology with their training in apparel design.

The Department of Home and Family will be working closely with KLIM Outerwear in Rigby; the world leader in technical gear for powersports enthusiasts, to provide real world experience and training to prepare students to work in the apparel industry. The patternmaker from KLIM will be co-teaching a new computer generated design patternmaking class starting Spring Semester 2016. KLIM clothing designers will also be mentoring students.

“This great new partnership with the Department of Business Management has allowed our students to take a core of basic business classes, finishing with the valuable Integrated Business Core experience,” said Genet Orme, a Department of Home and Family faculty member. “We feel this will be invaluable both for industry based career students and the students that want to stay home to raise their families while supplementing the family income with a home-based business.”