Dept. Head, Family & Consumer Studies
Debra Abbitt Schaefer was the former fashion merchandiser for a large apparel manufacturer. She worked directly with the president and co-owners for overall planning: style direction, coloration, fabrication and product development. She interacted with all departments: design, production, and sales. Debra traveled worldwide for research, production and quality control.
Currently, Debra Co-sponsors the fashion club on campus – The Fashion Network. She is one of the tour leaders for the student fashion excursions. Debra is the contact and instructor for the Industry Internship/Work Experience Program.
At Long Beach City College Debra is the Chair for the Associate Degree/General Education Curriculum subcommittee. The Committee is responsible for curriculum development and implementation for the entire college. She oversees, develops, writes and implements curriculum for Fashion & consumer Studies including Fashion, Floral Design, and Life Management.
Debra is actively involved with the Statewide Community College Fashion Consortium which presents a yearly Fashion Symposium for approximately 1000 fashion students from across the state of California and the California Career Pathways Program Plan which works on guidelines for student pathways connecting high schools, community colleges and universities.
Debra has been a member of The Fashion Group International for 22 years.