Business wear closet helps students to ‘dress for success’

Since fall of 2008, the Tech College of Business Student Success Center has been giving business students the chance to dress for success.Because of the creation of the Business Professional Clothes Closet (BPC), professional wear has been used to outfit 25 business students. The closet consists of suits, shoes and many other business accessories for male and female students given by donors. Inside the closet, the garments are easily accessed by custom-made rods and shoe bags. A dressing room is also available with a mirror on the inside.

“The clothes are available to business majors on a loan basis or to keep with a very minimal fee,” said Julie Galloway director of the basic business department.

In order to borrow the clothes, a professional purpose is required.

The BPC benefits the students, as well as donors.

“It makes for a neat opportunity for people to give back without simply writing a check,” said Galloway.

After a faculty member’s wife became interested in donating her clothes to the business department, research was conducted to evaluate the aspects of having a clothes closet. Eventually a private donation allowed for the dream to be turned in to reality.

Anyone interested in donating professional wear or borrowing from the closet can contact Amy Jo Carpenter, manager of the College of Business, located in Johnson Hall.