Donations "suit" College of Business students through clothes closet

A key element in a student's successful job search may be hanging in your closet.

Tennessee Tech University business students who want to become business professionals need to learn to dress for the part, so when Susan O'Connor recently retired from her job on campus, she wanted to pass along her executive-style dress suits and accessories to a budding executive. Her phone call to TTU's College of Business sparked the creation of the College of Business Professional Clothes Closet, or BPC, under the direction of Amy Jo Carpenter, Student to Career Program coordinator and Julie Galloway, director of the College of Business Student Success Center.

"The mission of the Student to Career Program is to enable our students to transition successfully from business student to business professional through workshops, career fair preparation and one-on-one resume support," said Carpenter. "This opportunity to offer a venue that assists our students to dress for success is a natural fit for the center."

Carpenter researched clothes closet organizations offered at other universities and communities from New York City to Nashville to establish this project.

"This project will advance the appearance and confidence of business students by providing professional clothing to encourage the success of our students for interviews and on the job," said Carpenter. "There is no fee for business students to participate. Future plans include pursuing retailers as sponsors that donate out-of-season inventory."

The BPC is currently accepting donations of contemporary, interview-appropriate clothing and accessories by appointment only and/or via submission of appropriate forms on the BPC web site at www.tntech.edu/cob/bpc.

Specific needs include:

•  Professional suits and separates for both men and women of all sizes (must be clean and on hangers - never in trash bags).

•  Scarves, handbags, jewelry, new pantyhose and shoes

•  Briefcases, portfolios, professional pens, stationery

•  Ties, men's dress socks and dress shoes

Donation Guidelines:

•  All clothing donations must be in good condition, pressed on hangers and ready to wear to an interview.

•  Clothing must be less than five years old and/or contemporary in style.

•  When donating clothing or other items, please remember that students want to achieve a current, professional appearance. Please donate items that you would feel comfortable wearing on an interview yourself.

In addition to professional clothing and accessories, donors may give money toward sponsorship or maintenance of this service.

Contact Carpenter at 372-6198 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule an appointment or go to www.tntech.edu/cob/bpc.

Since a ll incoming donated clothing must be dry-cleaned and ready-to-wear, Britt Akers, local area business owner of One Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaning, has generously agreed to provide a 20 percent discount to those individuals contributing to the BPC.  One Hour Martinizing has two locations in Cookeville and one in Algood.

"TTU's College of Business is my alma mater, and I am happy to support Tennessee Tech and our community.  If providing a discount on dry cleaning will enhance clothing donations to the Business Professional Clothes Closet, we are happy to be part of it." said Akers.

To take advantage of this offer, go to the TTU College of Business Professional Clothes Closet web site and print a coupon.

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