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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Alteration Specialist is designed to prepare students for employment in alterations for the apparel industry. Students will develop skills in advanced clothing construction, tailoring and couture techniques appropriate for a variety of fabrics and designs, and fitting techniques for all types of apparel. They will develop the ability to select appropriate fashion fabrics, interfacing, and lining materials for specific items of apparel. Students completing this certificate will be able to alter and repair ready-made garments for a profession. Students completing the certificate can expect entry level positions in the alteration profession for retailers, dry-cleaning industry or their own alteration establishment.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Certificate
- Academic Plan
- Alteration Specialist (CCL)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Identify and describe job opportunities available in the needle trades.
- Choose and explain the basic alteration process that should be applied to a particular alteration problem.
- Alter patterns to fit individual figures and make necessary adjustments during the construction process.
- Select fashion fabric, lining, interfacing, patterns, and notions appropriate for constructing, altering or repairing specific garments.
- Apply advanced construction techniques (seams and seam finishes, darts, facings, collars, set-in sleeves, machine and bound buttonholes, hems, zippers, linings, matching plaids and stripes) correctly on samples and garments.
- Operate serger, flatlock fabrics together, serge a variety of seams, finish seams, gather and apply a rolled hem to knit and woven fabrics.
- Describe properties, use, and care of major textile fibers.
- Construct and alter a tailored garment using techniques, equipment, and supplies required for the tailoring process.
- Use couture sewing techniques to construct or alter apparel.
- Perform assigned career duties in a work setting.
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
TEC111 Clothing Construction 3 OR permission of Program Director. 0-3
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|TEC112AB||Alteration of Ready Made Garments||RC||2|
|TEC124||Advanced Apparel Construction||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC111 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|TEC129||Sewing with a Serger||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC110 or TEC111 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|TEC112AQ||Pattern Alteration and Fit||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC111 or permission of Instructor.||RC||2|
|TEC122||Sewing with Knits||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC111 or permission of Instructor.||TEC122 only offered in the Fall||RC||3|
|Tailoring or Couture Sewing||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC124 or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC111 or permission of Instructor.||TEC227 only offered in the Spring. TEC223 is offered at Phoenix College only.||RC||3|
|TEC277++||Any TEC277 module||RC|
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Program Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Alteration Specialist (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=125893).