Victoria Volpe, a fashion merchandising major at YSU, is not settling for one degree when she graduates—she’s working toward two, simultaneously, from two different universities.
The sophomore success story from Baden, Pa., has recently been accepted to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology for the Visiting Student Program in Fashion Merchandising Management and will be taking courses there starting this fall to complement her studies at YSU. Upon graduating, she will receive both a bachelor’s from YSU and an associate degree from FIT in applied sciences.
FIT—considered the “Harvard of Fashion”—provides students with opportunities to to take advantage of field trips to corporate offices, meetings with industry executives, internships and credible networking circles through its Visiting Student program. Recent visitors to FIT include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Martha Stewart, Betsey Johnson, Nina Garcia and more.
Volpe went up against nearly 4,000 applicants for the fashion merchandising management major—the largest and oldest degree program of its kind in the country—with only 400 spots available. Filling one of them, she will live on FIT’s campus during the 2011-12 academic year and take a variety of courses, from fundamentals of textiles and product development to fashion business practices and contemporary retail management. She’ll then return to YSU for her senior year to complete her remaining requirements.
Volpe hopes to get accepted into an executive training program with a large fashion corporation after graduating. Working toward her career goal of landing a corporate executive position with a high-end fashion company, she plans to eventually return to college to pursue her MBA.