2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design ChallengeThe Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge celebrates excellence in interior design by students in both residential and commercial categories.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

The contest gives away prizes for two categories: residential design and commercial design.

  • FIRST PLACE in each category: $2500 cash prize and a feature in STIR magazine
  • SECOND PLACE in each category: $1000 cash prize
  • THIRD PLACE in each category: $500 cash prize
  • Two Facebook Fan Favorite winners (one in each category) will receive a $100 Sherwin-Williams Gift Card.
  • $1000 will be awarded to the design school the first place winners attend.


Or set your phone reminder—the contest dates are as follows:

February 1-March 15: Contest open for entries
April 5-April 12: Facebook Fan Favorite judging
May 2018: Winners announced

For more contest details, go to 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

PhotoChallenge 2017: The best photo wins U$6000 and still helps a feminist NGO

image-photochallengeLooking for the best image to represent this movement, Jak&Jil (a Mucca.co) is promoting the PhotoChallenge 2017 – a college competition that will award the best photo and will even help one of the NGO supporters. Don’t miss out!

Entries for PhotoChallenge 2017 is already open. The photographic challenge is intended for all university students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

This year, the contest topic is Girl Power. The prize is US$6000. $3000 goes to the winner and $300 will be donated to an NGO.

It’s up to the winner of the contest to choose one of the participating NGOs to make the donation. They will be displayed on the challenge page.

Entry must be done until 11/30/2017 on this page: http://www.jakandjil.com/photochallenge2017

Visiting the contest official website it’s possible to check all the information: jakandjil.com/photochallenge2017

Safe Driving Tips for All

Preparation And Awareness Lay The Groundwork For Success


Teen drivers are in more automobile accidents than other groups of drivers, and their inexperience behind the wheel is oftentimes the cause. There are numerous tips for safe driving that are available to teens, but these tidbits are great for drivers of all ages to consider and put into use. What are some of the best ways to stay safe on the road?

Drivers of any age can be compromised by distractions while on the road.

As the DMV site notes, teen drivers are more likely to end up in car accidents than any other age group of drivers. The chances of joining this group can be dropped significantly by learning and abiding by some basic, common sense safe driving tips that really apply across the board whether one is experienced or not. One of the most important tips to follow is to minimize the distractions that are in the mix while on the road. Texting, cell phone usage, or having children or pets in the car all can contribute to taking a driver’s focus off of the road and accidents can often follow.

Many people, teens especially, tend to think that they can text and drive safely, but the research shows otherwise. In fact, studies have shown that using a phone while driving is equally as dangerous as being intoxicated while driving. As for the idea of being safe by using a hands-free device, the statistics indicate that this is still a major problem. Many states have prohibited the use of a cellphone while driving, and other states are likely set to follow suit soon.

Preparing prior to getting on the road is key to driving safely.

Of course, it is not always possible to drive without any distractions, especially when there are young children in the mix of things. AAA notes that it is important to ensure that both kids and pets are properly secured before heading off in the car and if one of them does need help or attention, it is best to pull off of the road before attending to them. Ensuring that children have activities, snacks, or whatever else might help them stay quiet and occupied can be a big help as well.

Other basic safe driving tips include taking the time before setting off to hit the road to make sure that everything with the vehicle is functioning properly and that the driver is prepared for getting behind the wheel. This means not only ensuring that the car is in prime drivable shape, with working turn signals, headlights, and with plenty of gas in the car, but that the driver is sober and well-rested as well.

Driving while impaired, whether that be due to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medications, can cause chaos on the road even if the usage prior to getting into the car was minimal. Drowsy driving is another significant issue, so safe driving means being rested before hitting the road.

Careless and reckless driving can be minimized by staying vigilant.

Once on the road, it is important to adhere to safe driving behaviors, and being aware of what others drivers are doing is key as well. As the Auto Insurance Center notes, a high number of fatal crashes occur each year because of reckless or careless driving.

Reckless or careless driving behaviors can include things like not staying in the right lane or yielding properly, turning improperly, overcorrecting, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Drivers who not only focus to ensure they do not make these mistakes, but who stay focused to watch for others who are causing these issues as well can feel more confident that they will be able to stay safe while on the road.

One small misstep when driving can lead to significant consequences, so it is imperative that drivers be attentive and prepared when getting behind the wheel. Whether a driver is inexperienced or seasoned, following safe driving tips like eliminating distractions, being aware of surrounding drivers, and being prepared for the trip ahead can make all the difference in arriving safely at the desired destination.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Blake Burnett (Merchandise Marketing)

blake-burnettBorn and raised in North Texas, Blake Burnett graduated from Wade College in 2015 with his degree concentration in Merchandise Marketing. “Attending Wade taught me everything I would need to know and more. I have applied what I have learned in many situations in my career.” Today, you’ll find him handling procurement for the Store Brand Environmental Design & Construction team at Fossil Group, Inc.

With the company being home to design and distribution of fashion lifestyle and accessory products, including a diverse portfolio of internationally-recognized brands, it’s no wonder why Burnett enjoys Fossil’s culture.  “Even though my work load can be quite taxing, the work environment and culture is laidback and makes each workday much more pleasant. I am constantly staying organized by creating a daily list of tasks and priorities to accomplish.” Burnett assists Project Management and Real Estate teams to complete the project closeout process. He regularly communicates with suppliers, as well as internal and external construction partners to ensure dates and deadlines for all store related projects. In addition, Burnett works with Procurement, Finance and external partners to track accurate project spends. “I also attend roughly 6-8 meetings in a week and balance my work schedule accordingly to insure the best time management.”

What advice do you have for students/graduates beginning their careers in your profession?

Don’t be discouraged when you don’t get the job the first time. I failed several times before I achieved my goals. To be successful, you must be persistent. This is something that can’t be taught. It is something you must do all on your own.

What opportunities, decisions, and events have shaped your professional life?

I was originally hired as a Temp for Fossil Group, Inc., so as for opportunities, this would be a good type of position to start in.  I made sure to prove my worth and was consistent in my work ethic and commitments. My decision to constantly show value is why I am still here at Fossil. Since I have dyslexia, I have always been thought of as someone with a learning disability. I was told it would be harder for me to succeed academically and professionally (which it was). That gave me the extra push to prove that I can do whatever I put my mind to, and my “learning disability” wasn’t going to hold me back.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am most proud of being able to provide a safe and secure life for my son because of where I am now. Also, being thrown in the lion’s den from the start and coming out on top. I was able to accomplish what I have today regardless of my dyslexia.

Motto that you live by:

Slow down before you speed up. Stay educated. Know your stuff. Always stay on your game and continue to educate yourself because you never stop learning.

Anything else you’d like to share? 

Wade College was a great stepping stone for me. Attending Wade really gave me the insight and direction to be where I am today. So, thanks!!

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Tommy Brooks III (AA-FD ’14) Designs His Career Path To Success

TBrooksIII2016-05-23-11-54-14Tommy L. Brooks III, AA-Fashion Design ’14, initially interned with Dallas-based fashion designers such as Abi Ferrin to gain his footing in the industry. Working with Abi Ferrin helped shape his professional life. “Seeing the business side of the clothing line helped me to gain an understanding in trying to start my own line.”

Today, Brooks is the Quality Control / Lead for Dallas designer Tish Cox and her high-end fashion line. “I inspect the quality of garments for the TISH COX brand, knowing fabric science, pressing, and steaming. He is also as the Assistant Designer for Dallas Lighthouse Sportswear division. “I design concepts for Dallas Lighthouse Sportswear, along with sewing, measuring specs for garments, and training.”

Describe a typical work day:

After determining which deadline dates are priority, I provide the seamstresses with the work needed for the day. As they are working, I check for quality, time, and OSHA Compliance. If there are mishaps with fabric or machines, I communicate with the Manager and employees, and receive an acceptable plan of action.

What do you enjoy most about your career?

 Handling the various fabrics, and hustle and bustle of it all.

How did education at Wade College help prepare you for your career?

Fabric Science or Textiles is EXTREMELY helpful. You must know what fabric you are dealing with and what it can do.

What advice do you have for students/graduates beginning their careers in your profession?

 Always be courteous and on-time. A strong, dependable work ethic is key! Be confident in the education you receive from Wade College. It is very beneficial.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I started my own company / brand by the name of Ruisseaux. As of February 2016, I am officially the CEO of Ruisseaux Apparel Inc. I had a small debut line July of 2016.

Motto that you live by:

Do not attach your name to just anything.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Keep your word. Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”.

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Alumni Spotlight: Dee Skinner, Fashion Design

Dee SkinnerMeet Dee, Wade College Fashion Design Alumni and Designer/Merchandise Coordinator at Treska, Inc. headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

 Describe a typical work day:

It is never the same which I absolutely love about my job. Every day is different such as designing prints and textiles for our jewelry, creating mood and trend boards for our collections, grading patterns, creating silhouettes for our jewelry, designing jewelry i.e. (picking out beads, cording, dying beads and cording, different wrapping and weaving techniques). Also, I style, shoot, and edit our merchandise images for our website and manage our social media accounts. I work all the Market Shows, too. During my first week working at Treska, I sat in a meeting pitching my designs and artwork to the Head Buyer at a major corporation. It was mind blowing! I work closely with everyone and all departments from the CEO, CFO, sales, production, design, and warehouse. I’m a “Jill of All Trades” and work is never boring.

 What do you enjoy most about your career?

The thing I enjoy most about my job is that I’m not confined to just one role/responsibility. I’m not boxed in and I get to truly be creative with each role. I also enjoy the fact that I’m a part of the entire production cycle “from concept to market to consumer.”     

 How did your education at Wade College help prepare you for your career?

My education at Wade helped me to prepare for my career in many ways such as course related curricular, volunteer opportunities which paved the way for more opportunities, and interview preparation.

What advice do you have for students/graduates beginning their careers in your profession?

Never give up! Landing your “dream job” in the industry is a hard task as you are competing against several other qualified candidates, but perseverance is key.

What opportunities, decisions, and events have shaped your professional life? 

While attending Wade, I volunteered for EVERYTHING. I saw each volunteer opportunity as an experience, a potential “job interview”, a learning experience, and an opportunity to build my resume.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Landing my dream job. All the blood, sweat, tears, and late nights made it all worth it in the end. I know this is just the beginning and I am very optimistic for the bright future ahead of me.

Motto that you live by:

Keep praying. Keep planning. Keep pushing.

Always dream big and work hard for them to become your reality because one day they will!


Thank You, Job Fair Employers!

job fair_SU16_3A special “Thank You!” to our valued Employers in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for sharing your job opportunities at our SUMMER 2016 JOB FAIR: American Girl Boutique & Bistro, Armani Exchange A|X, ArtLoveMagic, Chico’s, Clotheshorse Anonymous, Colletta Showroom, Culture Hype, LIZNA, Meesh + Mary Boutique, The Limited, and Winter Lennon!

The Office of Career Services has been hearing from many students who are already in the interviewing process as a result of Wade College’s Job Fair. If you found an opportunity at our event, we would love to hear about it!

If you are a Wade College student or alumni, and missed our triannual Job Fair, please check out their job opportunities and many others on our online job board WADE CAREER CONNECTION.

Our next Job Fair will be in October 2016.

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Gain Experience Through Internships

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More employers expect college students to have experience for entry-level industry-related positions. Students often ask how they can get experience if they do not have experience yet. Through internships! There are many benefits for students to have an internship or two while in school. Students are able to:

  • Get their foot in the door of the company and the industry.
  • “Test the waters” and learn about a particular part of the industry before committing to a specific career path.
  • Build their network and gain valuable industry contacts. Networking is the number one way to land interviews and eventually jobs.
  • Gain a better understanding of how their coursework applies to their career interests. Also, they can improve their academics because they are able to apply their course knowledge to their internships.
  • Build their confidence about entering the industry.

Internships are a perfect stepping stones to a full-time job in the industry and the launch of their career.  Because internships are for a short-term duration, students can do multiple internships during their time in college. Ultimately, students who have prior internship experiences are more desirable and marketable to prospective Employers.

Wade College students are able to view current internships and other multiple job opportunities on Wade Career Connection, the college’s online student job board.  A sample of available internships include:

  • Fashion design intern for Tinsley Radix, a custom fashion brand of women’s apparel, with their flagship storefront and design studio located nearby Wade College
  • Talent agency intern for On Set Management, an agency representing behind the scenes talent for commercial photo shoots
  • Product development Intern for Arteriors Home, a wholesaler of Lighting, Accessories, & Furniture

The Office of Career Services welcomes students to meet and further discuss internship opportunities, as well as other types of positions.  Students can get assistance with additional job search resources, resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing, career advice, and more!