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Designer returns to school after 20 years to brush up on fashion industry

on Friday,October 22,2010 20:10

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Returning to school is a worthwhile decision for many working professionals looking to further their careers. For Marcela Pacheco, 42, it was a life-changing choice that increased her passion for fashion design.

Pacheco earned her bachelor's degree in fashion design more than 20 years ago, but decided to participate in the International Academy of Design and Technology to brush up on the industry, according to Tampa Bay Online.

"When I graduated the first time, the kind of technology designers use today wasn't around," Pacheco told the news source. "I did everything by hand. Now, it's all computerized. I wanted to learn how to do it to keep up with the industry. It's what I love to do."

Her collection, titled Copacabana, will debut at the academy's 25th annual Imagine expo this weekend. Pacheco, who is one of 50 students showcasing her pieces at the event, is on track to graduate from the academy next year.

Competition in the field of fashion design is expected to increase over the next years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More opportunities in the industry are predicted to arise in wholesale firms and retail chains. 

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