SUNY Broome is looking to provide that final piece of the puzzle for students looking for a job or internship, proper business attire.
The school’s Applied Learning and Career Center held a ribbon cutting today for its new Career Closet.
The project has the feel of a fashion boutique, with racks of clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women.
There’s also a changing room and a place to get your headshot taken.
Career Coach Jeanie Kumpon says that staff had noticed that once students had their grades and resume set, many still lacked the right look for certain business settings. “If you don’t have the funds to dress the part when you walk into an interview and make that strong first impression, it really is unfair. We want there to be a level playing field. We feel that everyone who works really hard on their education and to get those skills deserves a chance to walk in, feel really confident and proud of themselves and to make a strong impression.”
Students are allowed to receive free clothing once a year.
They must first make two visits to the Career Center, complete their resume and have a qualified purpose for needing the outfit such as an interview, an internship or attending a job fair.
Clothing donations were provided by Visions, the Community Foundation, the Binghamton Rotary Club, Marie Sullivan of Saint Patrick’s Church and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo who came with another bag of donations today.