Kent State's College of Business Administration Launches Career Clothes Closet

Kent, OHIO - Nov. 21, 2016

The College of Business Administration at Kent State University initiated a new donor-funded scholarship this fall, the Career Clothes Closet. The initiative was created to fund the purchase of a business suit for students majoring in business who would likely have difficulty affording a professional business suit. In August, scholarships were awarded to 63 students and will be awarded every semester to qualifying students on an ongoing basis.

Students receiving a suit were determined based on financial need and were required to complete three career development sessions - a mock interview, resume review and career preparation workshop. Once they completed those sessions, students attended a pop-up shop at the Kent Student Center to select a suit color and size.

"Research has clearly documented the importance of first impression in a job interview", said Cathy DuBois, Ph.D., associate dean for the College of Business Administration. "The donors are passionate about helping students with financial need, and want these students to feel confident as they cross the threshold from college to employment. In addition to looking professional, they need a polished resume and strong interview skills."

The Career Clothes Closet was generously funded by business alumni. The College of Business Administration collaborated with Men's Wearhouse and Dillard's, both of which offered suits at a deep discount to maximize the purchase capacity of donor funds. Suit style was pre-selected and free tailoring was provided to students to ensure appropriate fit.

"Men's Wearhouse and Dillard's were so generous in their time and efforts to assist our students and provide them with quality suits. I look forward to working with them again for the spring semester," said Erin Nunn, Director of Career Services.