Fashionable Showing: A Well-Respected College with a Unique Focus Producing Exceptional Outcomes

Career College Central Summary:

  • As part of our continuing series of profiles of APC member colleges that stand in stark contrast to the considerably misinformed and misguided blanket negative opinions held in some quarters toward proprietary colleges, we shine a spotlight on New York City-based LIM College, initially called the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising when its doors first opened in 1939.
  • People on the business side of the fashion industry know LIM College as one of the top institutions for preparing students for vibrant careers in the their line of work.
  • Given its highly specialized niche focus, the institution is admittedly probably not particularly well-known outside the fashion industry.
  • The fact that it was ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the Northeast” for the past eight years serves as testimony to the caliber of its programs.
  • Another strong testament to the quality of an LIM education comes from no less than WWD — the daily “must read” of the fashion industry.
  • The well-respected publication profiled LIM earlier this month in celebration of the college’s 75 years of innovative partnership with the fashion world.
  • The well-deserved multipage spread pays tribute to LIM’s impressive track record as the educational standard-setter for the fashion business community.
  • WWD best summarizes the career success of the college’s graduates by ticking off the names of just a representative sampling of its alumni and their impressive roles:
  • “…LIM alumni hold many leadership roles in the fashion industry, namely Neva Hall, executive vice president of specialty stores for Neiman Marcus Stores; Daniella Vitale, chief operating officer for Barneys New York; Doug Jakubowski, chief merchandising officer of Perry Ellis; Dianne Vavra, senior vice president of press relations at Dior Beauty; and Kathy Nedorostek, group president of global footwear ad accessories at The Jones Group Inc.”
  • It also notes that Pamela Mufson is a graduate; she started a jewelry line while at LIM that has been sold at Henri Bendel under the Ela Rae brand.

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