Kristen Johnson's fashion students have done what former bridesmaids everywhere would be envious of: they transformed old bridesmaid dresses into fashionable, everyday wear.
Johnson's morning and afternoon classes each held a fashion show on Friday to show off their work. Second-year students took the outdated dresses and transformed them info modern, fashionable outfits, including cocktail dresses and dressy ensembles of vests and long shorts. First-year students modeled the garments in the morning show; second-year students modeled each other's designs in the afternoon show.
"Many women who have been in weddings have bridesmaid dresses that have been sitting in their closet for ages," Johnson said.The project gave students an opportunity to showcase how they can breathe new life into an outdated garment.
Here are what the dresses in the morning class looked like before the students got their hands on them:
And here they are now, modeled by first-year fashion students:
This is what the afternoon students' dresses looked like back then:
EVIT health students trekked over to the auditorium today to learn how they could get involved in their student organization, travel to workshops and participate in competitions.
Health student fees include a membership to the Arizona chapter of HOSA, the Health Occupations Students of America. As part of that membership, students can choose to attend regional and state workshops, and they'll have a shot at competing at the national conference, held in Orlando in June.
First up is a conference at the Phoenix Convention Center on Nov. 6, where members can attend sessions on leadership and informational meetings on specific healthcare fields, as well as gather information on how to compete and win at the national conference. Get more details on the conferences here.
Competition topics run the gamut. Students can choose from health profession events, such as specific events for biotechnology, dental assisting or sports medicine. They can show off their leadership skills through speech, writing, or poster design competitions. And they can sign up for emergency preparedness events, recognition events, and teamwork competitions.
The group also will team up to raise money for Autism Speaks, a nonprofit dedicated to funding research for the causes, treatments and prevention of autism. Last year's EVIT HOSA group raised more than $2,700 for the cause.
Students in Eric Perez's 3D Animation class will spend the next several weeks redesigning the website for Spark Magazine.
Spark officials met with Perez's class on Wednesday morning to detail what they expect from the new site, which hasn't been redesigned in several years. They want all the same basic information available but presented in a fresh new way.
The Spark folks are giving Perez's students a creative license to make the site interative and visual in whichever ways they choose.
The service learning project is a win-win for all involved because Spark gets their site redesigned for free and the students get real life experience to add to their resumes.
"By the time they go to college, they have work to reference and show their professors or future employers," Perez said.
About 20 of Tony Garcia’s law enforcement students hit the streets over the weekend to pass out crime prevention flyers and talk to residents about the role of police officers in the community, as part of a partnership with the Mesa Police Department.
(The photo shows Garcia's morning class all dressed up and looking sharp on Wednesday.)
The students have created their own Law Enforcement Explorer post, a program that aims to give youth insight and training in the field.
Garcia’s students are now working on their second assignment: fixing misprinted telephone numbers on Mesa citations. As part of the Explorer Post program, students also get to ride along with officers on patrol and get a first-hand look at the profession they are interested in.
“They’re hammering out volunteer hours, they’re meeting other officers who do this on a daily basis, and they’re learning how to interact with the public,” Garcia said.
The East Valley Institute of Technology provides about 40 occupation-specific programs for high school students at ten school districts across the East Valley. The programs are tuition-free for high school students; classes also are open to adult students at competitive tuition rates.