University provides professional clothes for students

Students were able to leave with an entire outfit for their future endeavors.
Students were able to leave with an entire outfit for their future endeavors.(WHSV)
Published: Apr. 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM EDT
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James Madison University provided a way for students to dress professionally with an affordable price tag to help them prepare for graduation or upcoming interviews.

The Career Closet was set up in Madison Union on Tuesday and Wednesday for students to have the opportunity to look at professional clothes that were donated. Each student could take home one outfit for free.

Samantha Collier, director of experiential learning for the College of Business, said each student who walks through the door was able to pick out an entire outfit even down to the shoes.

"We want to make sure that they're professionally ready and that they look great," Collier said. "So, this career closet has helped out students find those perfect outfits for the first day on the job once they graduate in May."

Collier enjoyed the event.

"It's been super fun to help the students put together outfits," Collier said. "Help the gentlemen pick out ties that would match his suit, help young ladies find that perfect combination of a blouse and a pantsuit that they can use for that first interview that they're doing."

Erica Kann works in the College of Business in the dean's suite, and she said she helped students pick out outfits that would fit their personal style. One student even had Kann take a picture to send to the student's mom because she was so excited.

"To be able to give them this opportunity to find the perfect outfit and get feedback from a professional, it's been a great experience."

Jeremy Hawkins, assistant director of off-campus life, said this was an idea from a few different departments that came together into one great idea.

"It's been a great collaborative effort between a lot of different departments and divisions on campus, so it's been great to see that come together," Hawkins said. "I'm very appreciative, very thankful, very excited about having this resource."

Off-Campus Life is accepting donations year-round. The goal is to have the Career Closet a few times throughout the next semester since this year was so successful. On Tuesday, they saw more than 150 students.

The office is accepting lightly used professional clothing. For guidelines on clothing that can be donated,