A new course has begun this year at William Tennent in the Business Department, “Fashion Marketing and Merchandising.” This course was initiated by Lisa Slipp and is designed to prepare students for careers related to working within the Fashion and Marketing industries. Students have the opportunity to explore their creativity and learn about the fashion industry by studying the history of fashion, how the design process works from design concept, construction of products, distribution, and retail sales. Students are exposed to the inner workings of the fashion world through multiple opportunities such as Philadelphia Fashion Week, and other hands‐on, real‐world experiences. Students are also familiarized with numerous career paths available to people skilled in the areas of merchandising and marketing of fashion and fashion‐related products and services. Students learn about and participate in hands on projects relating to merchandising, retailing, wholesaling, product development and advertising in the fashion industry.
On Thursday October 18th, students were given an exciting opportunity when Leslie Conway, founder and owner of Inspiring Teens (i.e. Inspiring Teens and iTi Style Magazines), made a visit to their classroom. Inspiring Teens in located in Warrington, PA. It’s sole purpose is to Inspire Teens to be the best they can be, and to take on challenging projects while following their dreams. Inspiring Teens works directly with the fashion industry and plans fundraisers, social events, photoshoots and more while teaching teens leadership skills. During Leslie’s visit, William Tennent students received the most recent issue of Inspiring Teens and had the opportunity to learn about the organization and what they do, as well as how they can get involved. Students heard first hand what it’s like to work in the fashion industry as a photographer, and stylist, and were given several job opportunities to investigate. Students also worked with Leslie to develop Fashion articles which will be featured in the magazine’s next issue. Be on the look‐out for William Tennent students doing big things, as they are Inspiring Teens.