International Academy Of Design & Technology- Seattle Students Serve Community During ACICS Centennial ‘We Serve’ Community Service Week

June 20, 2012

Seattle, WA. June 20, 2012 –International Academy of Design & Technology – Seattle (IADT-Seattle) fashion design students recently honored kids undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital – Seattle with one-of-a-kind hats. The students were participating in the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools’ (ACICS) Centennial Community Service Week, joining thousands of students and faculty across the country participating in WE SERVE (Students Empowered to Respond and Volunteer Everywhere), the agency’s centennial event.

In addition to advancing excellence in education across the schools it accredits, ACICS believes in giving back to the communities its colleges and schools serve, so it created this membership-wide community service project to serve as an integral component to a year-long celebration. As a member of ACICS, IADT-Seattle shares in that commitment to serving the community.

The hats the IADT students created were funny, colorful, clever, cute, interesting, punky, and wild; they came in all shapes and sizes and were designed for kids who want to show their true personalities. How would you cover your head if something like cancer happened to you? The students at IADT-Seattle found a solution.  First-year fashion design students learned much more than how to construct a garment; they were able to give children who are sick the gift of hope and inspiration.  Students in the Construction I class were given the project to construct the hats and had the privilege of delivering these creations to Children’s Hospital. A total of 110 hats were delivered on May 22 to the delight of Alison Garrison, volunteer coordinator at the hospital.

“I’m all about inspiring our students to use their design skills to give back to the community. We teach our students the benefits of serving others and giving back early in their education with this project – which in turn helps them become better designers,” said Monir Zandghoreishi, IADT – Seattle Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising Program Chair.

About the International Academy of Design and Technology in Seattle

With more than 30 years as an established institution, the International Academy of Design and Technology offers students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the design and technology fields. The Seattle campus (IADT-Seattle), which opened in 2004, offers degree programs in fashion design, interior design, graphic design, digital media production, fashion merchandising, game production, information technology and Web design and development. Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.iadt.edu/disclosures. IADT-Seattle cannot guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information call 206.575.1865 or visit www.iadt.edu/Seattle.

About the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools Founded in 1912, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

(ACICS) is one of the most respected and longest established national accreditors of academic institutions in the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACICS accredits more than 800 private post‐secondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, as well as institution offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational degrees. For more information, please visit www.acics.org.