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Lectra's $3 million gift of design software prepares students for fashion world

June 7, 2010

A long-standing partnership between software company Lectra and the Department of Design and Merchandising has prepared hundreds of students to be industry-ready upon graduation. A pivotal part of our students' training is made possible by a $3.2 million donation of software by Lectra in 1999, at the time, the largest corporate gift in University history.

Global software leader enhances education

Students in the Department of Design and Merchandising will soon have access the latest software for design, pattern-making, 3D prototyping, and Lectra's latest offering, product lifecycle management.

 A decade later, they’re doing it again! After the phased implementation is complete this summer, Lectra’s second $3 million software gift will include design, pattern-making, 3D prototyping, and its latest offering, product lifecycle management.

The global software leader is a cornerstone in the worldwide apparel, furniture, transportation, and industrial fabric design software industry for the past 35 years.

From inception to delivery

Faculty are thrilled with the opportunity this gift provides the department, which continues to evolve to mirror the ever-changing fashion industry. “With this latest product suite from Lectra, our students will gain a deeper understanding of the entire lifecycle of developing merchandise – from inception to delivery,” says Eulanda Sanders, associate professor.

Lectra’s comprehensive product offerings bridge students’ two primary focus areas: apparel design and merchandising. “Students really need to understand both sides today in order to be marketable and successful in their careers. Lectra’s gift fosters that understanding in our classes,” explains Eulanda.

Lectra is equally pleased with the growing partnership. “Our company is committed to supporting tomorrow’s professionals. We feel we are responsible for contributing to the development and preparation of students for lifelong careers in the fashion industry,” states Roy Shurling, president of Lectra North America.

CSU students have a distinct fashion industry advantage because of the opportunity to gain a complete understanding of Lectra's software.


“By helping CSU’s program succeed, we are also helping our clients by building a strong pool of potential employees. At the same time, we are strengthening our brand identity in the marketplace.”

Dr. Hari Kenkare, manager of the education partnership program for Lectra, is impressed with CSU’s program. “It’s clear that the faculty at CSU enjoy teaching our product. They have been teaching it for a decade now, and that is a distinct advantage for students in the program. I’ve seen few schools with such a complete understanding of the Lectra product.”

Students graduate with needed skills

Melissa Still offers a student perspective. “Already, in internship positions, my abilities have exceeded other applicants due to my understanding of the computer-aided design programs. The new program is essential and will allow for us to be successful graduates of CSU in the apparel industry.”

Originally published in the College of Applied Humans Sciences' Inspirations magazine, Spring 2010.