Highlight of a MAAPS Student: Heather Silecchia

Have you ever had a really great idea and wished you could design your own area of study that would help you bring that idea to its fullest potential?  The Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MAAPS) in the School for New Learning is a truly unique program that allows you to take your idea and create a graduate area of focus around it.  Not confined to traditional degrees or courses, the students within the MAAPS program are studying things like “exercising leadership in health care organizations,” “applying holistic health care principles to physical therapy,” and “developing and providing fashion and surface design services in everyday art applications.”

“The MAAPS program has been instrumental in helping me to push through boundaries and explore new opportunities in art, design and business,” says Heather Silecchia.  Heather is a student within the MAAPS program, a Fashion Design Instructor at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and Marwen, a Freelance Designer and a small business owner (Little H Designs).  Originally from Birmingham, Michigan, Heather chose the MAAPS program because it allowed her to create a custom learning experience that supported her future design and business goals while offering the flexibility to balance her busy lifestyle.  “The program has made me examine my life as a whole and has pushed me to be more proactive in achieving my goals.”

Since beginning the MAAPS program, Heather has also started her own small business.  Little H Designs sells  hand printed baby garments and stationary that has a” one of a kind” feel.  Heather has recently succeeded in creating her own website and online shop, selling in Chicago boutiques, creating packaging and business cards, participating in local Art fairs and shows and developing custom gifts.

As an instructor, Heather feels she has been able to better support her students by creating more extensive projects and guides.  As busy as she is with her many commitments, Heather has been able to “meet such an interesting, diverse group of people from many different backgrounds and areas of study,” within the MAAPS program.  After graduation, she plans to continue to teach, grow her design company, practice yoga, and find more time to paint.  “I hope to continue to offer art and art experiences to everyone and would like to eventually open my own art center.”

Check out Little h Designs at www.littlehdesigns.com or on Facebook. 

14 Responses to Highlight of a MAAPS Student: Heather Silecchia

  1. Sarah says:

    I love your designs Heather!

  2. Doreen says:

    This young lady is proof that there are still dedicated, hard working individuals who find time to give back to the community. She is an inspiration to all entrepreneurs that continued commitment to your passion pays off in the long run. Congratulations to Heather.

  3. dan says:

    Heather, this is one great story about one great girl. Best of luck in this endeavor.

  4. Sandy says:

    Heather is every mother’s dream daughter. What a dedicated and hard working young lady. We couldn’t be more proud. !!!

  5. Denise Chegash says:

    Wow, How cool. WTG Heather!

  6. Buck says:

    Great work Heather! While your drive, brains, determination and work ethic could have come from either side of your gene pool, we all KNOW where your organizational skills come from (I’d like a tee time on Mon, Wed & the Frittata, please!). Keep up the great work; yours is a a truly inspiring story. All our love from RVC!

  7. Emily says:

    Heather is so talented! It is so exciting to see her great ideas and creativity come together.

  8. Jodie Resendiz says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Heather in her previous job and am so excited that her talents are being showcased and put to good use. She is so creative and motivated. An inspiration to me and many others!!

  9. Meg Belen says:

    Heather is such a joy to work with! Her designs are unique and impeccably made. So proud to know you Heather, you shine more and more every day!!

  10. SQ says:

    Wow! This is a great story… We are so very proud of you… who knew that painting baby shoes and starting your own business at the age of 8 would one day turn you into a true leader and business owner! Keep up all of your hard work and dedication… Your visions and enthusiasm make others appreciate art so much more! Now, Get Going!!!

  11. lisa says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!! It is soooo exciting to get updates on what you are doing with your many talents. I am so proud of you….love you….GET GOING!!!!!

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  14. Heather is an amazing and talented young entrepreneur. I’ve watched her blossom from a child designing cartoons on baby crib shoes to graduating Magna Cum Laude from the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is a parent’s dream child: Hard working, energetic and always giving. She never forgets someone’s birthday and is always available to lend a hand, regardless of how busy she is at any given time. She’s a unique individual and a wonderful, caring daughter.

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