More than two-dozen thank you cards arrived in the mail at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) center on June 1 for a pair of students who guided eighth grade students through the career options that exist in the world of fashion.
But more important than the “thanks” the letters conveyed were the words of inspiration from the students, many of whom said they plan to pursue careers in the industry thanks to the presentation by CTE students Shadeh Din and Mary Lange.
“Before hearing you speak, I wasn’t really interested in fashion design, But I learned that I could be taught and inspired in the fashion industry,” wrote Draper Middle School eighth grade student Ashley P.
“I really liked the (fashion) presentation … and I am totally doing the BOCES program in high school,” added fellow student Maria P.
“I have always been very interested in the fashion world and your presentation taught so much more about fashion, I will totally be considering going to college for fashion,” Shannon S. wrote.
Din, an adult student at CTE, and Lange, a senior from Mohonasen, spoke to the Draper Middle School students in March about the world of fashion and the jobs that exist. The presentation was part of the school’s career day, which Mohonasen conducted at Schenectady County Community College, CTE fashion teacher Judi Hicks said.
Hicks said that the career day presentation has led to many students choosing her CTE program, including Lange.
But the sheer volume of thank yous — 27 in all — and potential new students as a result of this year’s presentation is a record.
“I was really amazed when I started looking through the mail yesterday,” said Hicks.