educational non-profit organization, Fashion Business
Inc., has partnered with Microsoft to launch a first of
it's kind apparel specific job skills training program,
designed to help displaced workers update their
technology skills and re-enter the workforce.
which started this week is sponsored by Microsoft
Corporation, and provided completely free to
participants. The interactive classroom discussion, lab
and case study formats give participants with a real
world perspective on how Microsoft products and other
software is used to operate a corporate apparel
The 8 week
training curriculum includes: Microsoft Office for
the Apparel Industry, Tech Packs Using
Microsoft Excel 2007 and, Accounting for the Apparel
Industry using QuickBooks. Also as major
bonus participants will become certified in
Apparel Information Management Systems, the
widely used apparel management software which serves as
the framework for the program.
All of the
classes are taught by industry experienced instructors
including Scott Allen, owner of the multi-brand apparel
company NOTICE, Shahin Kohan, owner of Focal Technology,
a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, Randall Baxter, AIMS
Training Director and Michele De Lozier, a technical
designer with over 30 years industry experience with
participants range from recent fashion school graduates
unable to find full time employment, to business owners
who have had to close shop due to the recent economic
downturn. Other attendees are industry veterans whose
positions were recently eliminated, which prompted them
to update their skills to become more competitive job
Microsoft's support we are able to help displaced
workers take advantage of these slow and challenging
times, helping them to come out stronger on the other
side, says FBI Executive Director Frances Harder.
People are excited about being able to re-group and
strengthen their skills without any additional expense.
Fashion Biz Inc. we can continue to provide our
talent community with the top integrated technology
solutions available, and our clients with a trained
talent pool said Sherri Shaw, an account manager at
the fashion staffing agency, 24 Seven, which referred
many of the class participants. With this current
economy, it is always a good idea to build all of the
skills and certifications that you can to remain
competitive in the marketplace."
first class has already begun, the program has two other
sections starting this spring. For more information on
the Microsoft Apparel Job Skills Training Program and
how to enroll please call Fashion Business Inc. at
213.892.1669 or email
The Fashion Business, Inc.
501(c)(3) is a business resource and training center
dedicated to the growth of the U.S apparel industry.
The FBI provides convenient access to important
training, tools and business resources that support the
advancement of domestic garment manufacturers, apparel
industry workers and the U.S economy.