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Clothing Bank Helps Job Seekers Dress for Success
March 18, 2014It started out with a simple desire to help prepare St. Louis Community College students for interviews, but quickly transformed into a well-stocked professional clothing bank.
“The idea came about because I saw how underprepared for success our students were during career fairs,” said Dobbie Herrion, manager of the Academic Learning Center at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “They seemed to lack the physical and mental preparation needed to successfully capitalize on opportunities, and I wanted to do something about it.”
Herrion proposed the idea of collecting clothes and offering workshops through the campus office of Career and Employment Services and the rest is history.
"Suited for Success" offers STLCC students the opportunity to receive professional attire free of charge, to use for interviews, career fairs and to start their own professional wardrobe.
All students need to do is create an account with the Career and Employment Services office and have their resumes created or reviewed for updates.
Students looking for a new professional outfit can stop by the Career and Employment Services office in the Student Center, Room 257 at 10 a.m. March 19, and 9 a.m. March 20 and 21.
“Career and Employment Services not only provides resume and job search assistance, but also reaches to encourage students to be better for the real world,” said Victoria Harris, career and employment specialist at Florissant Valley. “With 'Suited for Success,' we want students to be confident about themselves and about their appearance.”
The clothing bank has slacks, suit coats, blazers, ties and button-down collared shirts for men, as well as dress pants, knee-length dresses and skirts, blazers, sweaters, cardigans and button-down shirts for women.
Attire has been donated by STLCC faculty, staff and students. To date, "Suited for Success" has received more than 100 items and donations continue to pour into the office.
For more information, contact Harris at 314-513-4218.