Category Archives: Continuing and Professional Studies


YAI & FIT are hosting a networking event for students and young professionals in the New York area to help promote the agencies awareness as well as raising money for their incredible MAC program.

What is YAI?

YAI is a network of agencies, dedicated to providing innovative services to empower the people of the intellectual and developmental disabled (I/DD) community, that was founded in 1957. They support over 20,000 people in the I/DD community through their programs that include day services, residential support, employment training and support, as well as opportunities for recreation and socialization along with many other programs. What makes YAI different is they do not just support the people in the I/DD community they empower them; they guide them toward achieving the fullest life possibly by creating opportunities for living, loving,working and learning.

The Project

YAI’s communication department reached out to my event planning class at FIT. Together YAI and my class will be spending the next two months planning and ultimately hosting the Toast to Spring Event. This event will help raise money to cover expenses that prevent a number of participants who otherwise could not afford to attend the camp this summer. Our ultimate goal is to have a successful event that not only raises the programs awareness, but inspire a wide range of young individuals to get involved in making a positive difference.

Fundraising for MAC

        Mainstreaming at Camp (MAC) is a program run by YAI in partnership with Frost Valley YMCA that offers kids and teens in the I/DD community the opportunity to go to sleep aways camp each summer. The summer camp provides valuable experiences for the kids in an inclusive and supportive environment. Each session runs for two weeks, during that time the children stay in the residential housing within the MAC village and participate in various activities within the larger Frost Valley community. These activities include hiking, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and arts and crafts; each day is ended with a nightly campfire which brings all the campers together.

More information about the event will be available as we plan! Stay tuned. 



Global Perspective: Business & Manufacturing

Howdy every one! We’re back in the flow of things almost a month into the second semester and I’m excited to share new experiences with you. Lots will be going on for me this semester, such as finishing up my Associate’s degree, working in my first internship, and just getting my life together in general. Right before we departed for Winter break, I wrote a post about fashion news sources. I am here to continue that series step by step, and I’m happy to say that the next source is WRAP.

Fashion News Source: #2


Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is the largest global sewn products manufacturing accreditation program in the world. It is a team of independent, objective, non-profit workers located around the world to ensure lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing. They are a huge deal, and when it comes to apparel, working with any WRAP accredited facility is a great way to ensure ethical standards. WRAP sends out weekly newsletters which anyone can subscribe to. They cover what facilities WRAP has certified within the week and extensive content about what the global manufacturing market is up to. It gives summaries of major events country by country so that you can have a big picture view of how the industry might be moving.

It does take some interpretation and deep thinking to understand how some of these events might be directly relevant, but trust me, from a source like WRAP, this information is invaluable.

Holiday Displays

VPED students Yoo Jung Lee, Joseph Klaus, and Alexandra D’Alleva designed this display for the iconic Flatiron Building.

As we begin to celebrate the holiday season, It’s also time to visit the wonderfully decorated windows of NYC! FIT students and faculty are displaying their talent and goodwill throughout the city this season with a variety of window installations.

In the iconic Flatiron Building’s “triangle point” window is the scene of a dining-themed display with a mannequin wrapped in a skirt made of white dinner plates and a bodice of white napkins. Perched on a table, she is surrounded by delicacies. This window is the work and inspiration of FIT VPED students Yoo Jung Lee, Joseph Klaus, and Alexandra D’Alleva. This inaugural display will become a new tradition.

To keep updated with other FIT-involved holiday window displays, like NY1’s segment ‘Harlem Businesses Get Into Holiday Spirit With Window Displays, click here.


FIT Online Beauty Program


FIT, in partnership with Allure magazine and Qubed Education, an online education provider, is launching Beauty Industry Essentials, the first-ever online non-credit certificate program to deliver an in-depth introduction to the multifaceted careers in the $265 billion global beauty industry.

The program is fully online and self-paced, with rolling admissions, to provide maximum flexibility for participants, who have up to one year to complete the program’s seven courses and receive a Certificate of Achievement from FIT.

The curriculum has been designed by faculty in FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, and the courses will be taught by FIT faculty members, along with top editors at Allure, industry leaders, and professionals at MAC Cosmetics, Shiseido Group USA, and Givaudan, among others.

Beauty Industry Essentials is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. Enrollment is open at; students can start classes on September 1 or anytime thereafter.

for more information, check out the program’s FAQs here.


Noncredit Summer Intensives at FIT

Hi everyone,

Question: have you considered a career move to fashion styling or video production? Or are you already a seasoned designer or entrepreneur who is looking to savvy up their skill set?

Are you looking for branding, omni retailing, or data analytics skills to complement your executive arsenal? Do you know what’s going on in sustainable design?

Choose from a range of unique non-credit special summer programs at FIT!

Whether its consultations, certifications, showroom summits, trade shows or informational workshops, these hot-topic intensives are sure to give you the competitive edge to set you apart in the industry.

Classes have begun and are going on throughout the rest of the summer.

Take a look at out offerings and register here.