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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Alteration Specialist
Major: 5556
First Term: 2009 Spring    Final Term: Current
Award: CCL
Total Credits: 20-22
CIPS Code: 52.1802
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Art, A/V Technology, and Communication
Instructional Council: Family and Consumer Sciences (34)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Alteration Specialist is designed to prepare students for employment in alterations for the apparel industry. Students will develop skills in advanced clothing construction, tailoring and couture techniques appropriate for a variety of fabrics and designs, and fitting techniques for all types of apparel. They will develop the ability to select appropriate fashion fabrics, interfacing, and lining materials for specific items of apparel. Students completing this certificate will be able to alter and repair ready-make garments for a profession. Students completing the certificate can expect entry level positions in the alteration profession for retailers, dry-cleaning industry or their own alteration establishment.

Consumer Program Costs and Career Information

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites

Program Prerequisites
 Credits: 3
 TEC111Clothing Construction3
Required Courses
 Credits: 20-22
 TEC112ABAlteration of Ready Made Garments2
 TEC122Sewing with Knits3
+TEC124Advanced Clothing Construction3
 TEC129Sewing with a Serger2
+TEC227Couture Sewing3
 TEC277++Alteration Internship (any module) (1-3)1-3

Program Competencies
1.Identify and describe job opportunities available in the needle trades. (TEC112AB)
2.Choose and explain the basic alteration process that should be applied to a particular alteration problem. (TEC112AB)
3.Alter patterns to fit individual figures and make necessary adjustments during the construction process. (TEC112AB, TEC124)
4.Select fashion fabric, lining, interfacing, patterns, and notions appropriate for constructing, altering or repairing specific garments. (TEC112AB, TEC124, TEC222)
5.Apply advanced construction techniques (seams and seam finishes, darts, facings, collars, set-in sleeves, machine and bound buttonholes, hems, zippers, linings, matching plaids and stripes) correctly on samples and garments. (TEC124)
6.Operate serger, flatlock fabrics together, serge a variety of seams, finish seams, gather and apply a rolled hem to knit and woven fabrics. (TEC122, TEC129)
7.Describe properties, use, and care of major textile fibers. (TEC222)
8.Construct and alter a tailored garment using techniques, equipment, and supplies required for the tailoring process. (TEC223)
9.Use couture sewing techniques to construct or alter apparel. (TEC227)
10.Perform assigned career duties in a work setting. (TEC277++)