Providing students with opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom is a primary goal of the University of Missouri. This summer, two MU graduate students experienced this opportunity on an international level. Laura McAndrews and Stephanie Link, graduate students in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, spent six weeks working in an apparel production factory in El Salvador. The MU students lent their expertise in apparel product development to the factory employees.
“Many Central American textile and apparel factories are hired by U.S. firms to manufacture products for U.S. consumers. They often lack the ability to produce their own original apparel lines,” said McAndrews, who is a textile and apparel management doctoral student. “We helped teach factory workers how to make their own patterns and designs. This will go a long way in helping them become more independent and profitable.”