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Technology company gives software to KSU apparel, textile and interior design department

Thursday, February 3, 2005

Lectra USA Inc., Marietta, Ga., has made an in-kind gift of apparel and textile industry-specific software valued at $1.36 million to the Kansas State University Foundation for use by the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design (ATID) in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.

The Lectra software package provides a variety of technology solutions in apparel design, product design, textile design, pattern making, markers, product development, sourcing and fabric design. The software solutions will be utilized in ATID's curriculum and computer-aided design (CAD) lab. Nearly 300 students are enrolled in ATID at K-State.
Lectra is a world leader in providing a comprehensive range of high-technology solutions and related services to the major industrial users of textiles, leather and other soft materials.

Through its Educational Partners Program, Lectra provides industry-leading technology to colleges and universities throughout North America. To meet the employment needs of its 17,000 customers worldwide, Lectra seeks to provide innovative technology and services to prepare students for career success in a competitive global marketplace. More than 100 educational institutions use Lectra technology in their classrooms to educate and train students. Lectra's world headquarters is in Paris.

"We are proud to partner with Kansas State University because of the institution's reputation and the administration's commitment to preparing students for future success in industry," said Tim Copeland, Lectra's vice president of marketing in North America. "I have had the pleasure to work with Gwen O'Neal in her capacity as ATID department head and in her role as president of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA). She is a tireless advocate for students and Kansas State University."

"This software solution package from Lectra means the difference between our students having a very good education and an excellent education," said Gwendolyn S. O'Neal, ATID department head. "This will help us prepare our students for a smooth transition from academe to industry, especially after having been trained with the latest industry technology. Lectra is indeed outstanding in its support of higher education, and we appreciate having the opportunity to be one of their educational partners."

This article was posted on Thursday, February 3, 2005, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.