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					                            BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE
                                Apparel Construction
                                        And
                             Patternmaking Technology
                            Advisory Committee Minutes
                                  October 26, 2005

CALL TO ORDER
The Apparel Construction and Patternmaking Technology Advisory Committee
meeting was called to order at 12:50 p.m. by Chairperson Hazel Dickinson.

INTRODUCTIONS/ATTENDEES
Members present:                           Staff present:
Judy Alsos                                 Ricki Bourgaize, Instructor
Hazel Dickinson, chairperson               Jean Watley, Dean of Instruction and
Alice Eisen                                Student Support
Sandy Wagner                               Jeri Horne, Administrative Assistant
Sylvia Parker in place of Frances Hall

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes from the July, 2005 meeting was approved as read.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW                                        Ricki Bourgaize, Instructor
Introductions:
After introductions Ricki shared her Instructor’s Report.

Instructor’s Report:
Field Trip:
Ricki and the Apparel Construction class took a day trip to Washougal, Washington to
visit Pendleton Woolen Mills. The group took the tour of the mill to view the
manufacturing process of Pendleton’s woolen fabrics. They also went to Fabric Depot
in Portland and to Mill Ends in Milwaukee, Oregon.

Technical Design with Adobe:
Jeri Horne processed a request to our IT Department to have the Adobe Creative
Suite 2 installed on all 6 stations within the next two weeks.
Apparel Construction Advisory Committee                                            page 2
Minutes – October 26, 2005

Enrollment:
Twenty-two students are currently enrolled in class.

Cost Sheet Forms:
At the last meeting Lorraine suggested creating cost sheets. Ricki has implemented
them into the curriculum. Cost sheets provide all information necessary to cost out
each garment being manufactured. These costs include materials, notions and
findings, cutting, labor, shipping, etc., so the cost on the hang tag will reflect the true
cost of manufacturing plus mark-on. Mark-on is the amount added to the garment to
cover the cost of the company’s overhead.

65th Anniversary Open House at Bates:
The Advisory Board members were invited to join us for the Bates Technical College
Open House on Thursday, November 10, 2005 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Curriculum:
Wide Area Validations:
One of the areas of responsibility for the program/supervisory is to ensure Career
Training programs are approved to offer degrees and undergo a Wide Area
Validation of the content/competencies at least every five years in addition to the
Annual Advisory Committee Validation. There are four methods from which to
select. Jean and Ricki followed Method One the Wide Area Validation Survey.

The surveys were sent to four Trade Associations. Of the four, Jean received one
reply from Deborah Vandemar, Fashion Group International, located in Seattle.
After reviewing Ms. Vandemar’s comments, a meeting was scheduled with her on
Monday, October 27, 2005. Those areas she commented on were:
    “Curriculum looks to be well designed for the industry as it was about 20
      years ago.
    Outsourcing is done a lot, so students with more traditional skills enter the
      workplace and are unprepared for dealing with off-shore contractors. H.R.
      people admit that the workplace is no longer a training ground. Asian
      contractors have absorbed most technical skills. The garment industry jobs
      are more focused on process and communication.
    Those students who wish to go into business for themselves need coaching on
      supply chain, business funding and other small business practices.”
    Ms. Vandemar supports the work-based learning part of the curriculum.
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Minutes – October 26, 2005


Curriculum:
Ricki reviewed the curriculum in detail and noted that the students are making their
own patterns and have the opportunity to go into technical design and/or the CAD
system. Training is needed on the Accu-Mark/ Gerber CAD system. The scheduling
for training has not been determined.

The question was asked, “With industry changing, what do you as Advisory Board
members see that should be added to the Apparel Curriculum?”

After closely reviewing and discussing the curriculum the Advisory Board validated
the program. There were noted additions to update the curriculum. The Validation
of Curriculum letter was then signed by Chairperson Hazel Dickinson.

Those additions discussed after reviewing all the information were as follows:
    Revisit the curriculum and use 21st century language.
    How do we respond to the outsourcing trend?
    After researching online with other schools visiting their curriculum, Ricki,
      stated that the curriculum does need to be updated, but agreed we will
      explore further.
    It is unlikely that alterations and tailoring will be outsourced.
    Technical design is a big part of the curriculum. It was agreed to broaden the
      curriculum emphases on the technical design.
    What is going on in the industry? We need the advice and direction of the
      Advisory Committee to let us know what is in demand today.
    Other colleges are teaching Technical Design.
    How does our curriculum fit in the industry? Technical illustration, spec
      sheets, etc., are necessary when sending these items over seas.
    Technical illustrations are very important because of the language barrier. All
      students need to know pattern making and technical illustration.
    Construction is not a huge part of the industry.
In summary it was agreed by the Advisory Board that we do have the foundation,
we just need to add to it.

Sewing Program:
The college is looking at possibly combining the Sewing Program located at South
Campus with the Fashion Design program. Jean will meet with the instructors and
the supervisor of the Sewing program.

The Board members agreed they would like to meet in early January, 2006 to
discuss future programming.
Apparel Construction Advisory Committee                                       page 4
Minutes – October 26, 2005


Other Training:
Jean Watley is exploring opportunities for Adobe to come in and train on site. The
thought is to invite people from the community. Training like this has been done in
the past with other software product companies. We hope to make this happen. The
Advisory Board will look for manufacturers who might want their people to come in.
More details to follow.

TECHNICAL COLLEGE UPDATE
Accreditation Report:
Bates Technical College had a good report from the Accreditation Committee. There
were some minor areas for improvement but in all a great report card.

President:
Jean said that our new president is familiar with this program and is interested in
what direction it goes. He has great confidence knowing we have a strong Advisory
Board.

College-Wide Enrollment:
Currently, Bates Technical College enrollment is at 97%.

New Business
Advisory Board Chair:
Hazel agreed that she will chair the Advisory Board through next spring.

Old Business
Button Holer:
Hazel asked if Ricki bought a buttonholer. Hazel shared places and person’s to call
to purchase one.

NEXT MEETING
Next meeting for the Apparel Advisory Board will be on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at
Noon.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jean Watley, Dean of Instruction and Student Support

				
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