Cloth­ing boutique ac­cept­ing do­na­tions to pre­pare stu­dents for in­tern­ships and job in­ter­views

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

CHEYNEY >> Cheyney Univer­sity’s Cen­ter for Ca­reer and Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment (CCPD) staff is get­ting ready for five ca­reer and grad­u­ate school fairs planned on five con­sec­u­tive Wed­nes­days be­gin­ning Oct. 19 and run­ning through Nov. 9. Those events will pro­vide up­per­class­men an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss their ca­reer plans with busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tend­ing the Fairs.

Part of that process in­volves prepa­ra­tion for job in­tern­ships and job in­ter­views which re­quire self­con­fi­dence, an ‘el­e­va­tor speech’, high qual­ity re­sumes, and a pro­fes­sional ‘look’ for the com­pet­i­tive edge nec­es­sary to se­cure em­ploy­ment. While the Cen­ter of­fers coun­sel­ing and train­ing pro­grams in those ar­eas, it also op­er­ates The Trea­sures for Suc­cess Cloth­ing Boutique which out­fits stu­dents for the Fairs and in­tern­ships. The Boutique of­fers a se­lec­tion of ladies suits, trousers, skirts, jack­ets, dresses, shoes and ac­ces­sories and men’s suits, shirts, ties and belts to Cheyney stu­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to Lisa Blount, CCPD’s Co­or­di­na­tor of In­tern­ships, “We pro­vide busi­ness at­tire for men and women rang­ing from jack­ets to shoes and ev­ery­thing in be­tween so that we can pre­pare our stu­dents for suc­cess.”

While the mer­chan­dise is free of charge for stu­dents in need of pro­fes­sional at­tire, the Boutique’s de­pleted stock needs new of­fer­ings lead­ing up to the Fairs.

“We need do­na­tions of new or gently worn pro­fes­sional and busi­ness-ca­sual suits, dresses, skirts, dress pants, jack­ets and blouses which are in very good con­di­tion and have been pur­chased in the last three to four years. We es­pe­cially need women’s plus size cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing jew­elry, hand­bags, scarves and dress shoes-heels and flats. The Boutique also stocks men’s ap­parel in­clud­ing suits, jack­ets, trousers, shirts, ties and dress shoes, but re­ally needs big/tall men’s sizes.”

The pub­lic can do­nate gently used, up­dated cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories to The Trea­sures for Suc­cess Cloth­ing Boutique Mon­day through Fri­day by call­ing 610-399-2033 to sched­ule an ap­point­ment for drop off.

Kelvonn Hicks, a sopho­more from Washington, D.C., looks over the in­ven­tory at the Trea­sures for Suc­cess Cloth­ing Boutique.

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