Fashion and Textiles

Examples of jobs you may be qualified for after completion of a program shown below:

  • Alterations Expert $15,000-40,000
  • Seamstress (Casino) $22,000-34,000
  • Sewing Machine Operator $17,576-22,090
  • Clothing Production Worker $22,214-39,832
  • Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers $30,098-60,590
  • Costume Attendants $19,136-37,045

Salary information is based on hourly, monthly, or annual estimates from the State of California Employment Development Department.

Clothing Construction

216 hours. Complete in 24 to 36 weeks.
Zippers, buttons and hemlines change over the years, but the fashion industry never goes out of style. If you like the idea of making clothes, you might be a good match for this program. You will learn:

  • Basic to advanced apparel construction skills
  • Fabric identification and selection, and pattern selection
  • Variety of measurement and fitting methods
  • Selection, care, and use of various types of sewing machines
  • Commercial, custom, and timesaving technologies and techniques
  • Professional standards of workmanship
  • Traditional and contemporary tailoring methods

The program is a sequence of three classes (Sewing Fundamentals; Sewing Like a Professional and, Contemporary Tailoring) that will prepare students for jobs in the fashion industry. Advanced skills will help you become marketable as a seamstress, an alterations expert, or as a tailor in the wholesale or retail clothing markets.

Employment opportunities also exist within the theatre and entertainment industry. Skills learned are valuable for people who want to start their own business in custom or niche market sewing operations—including teaching.

Sewn Products Business

324 hours. Complete in 50 weeks.
This entrepreneurial program requires completion of three courses. Learn the ins and outs of developing a sewn product from concept to consumer. Turn ideas into your entrepreneurial fashion business.

Learn aspects of the sewn products business; develop a feasibility and marketing plan related to a conceptual product; sewn product manufacturing in industrial and home-based environments, and preparation for employment in the clothing construction industry.