SUNY Broome launches free ‘Career Closet’ to help students with wardrobe

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Applied Learning & Career Center at SUNY Broome has launched a new initiative to aid students in need.

It’s called the Career Closet and it aims to provide free professional clothing, shoes, and accessories to students who would be unable to afford them otherwise.

“Half of our students couldn’t afford them. They simply couldn’t afford them. They’d have to put it on a credit card, and then hope that they get that job so they can pay off the credit card,” said Dr. Kevin Drumm, SUNY Broome’s President.

To be eligible for the program, students must meet with a career counselor at least two times, have developed a resume, and have a purpose. That purpose could be a job or internship interview, or even plans to attend a career fair. Officials added that the students will be allowed to keep the clothing.

SUNY Broome officials say they hope the Career Closet will help students in need get a leg up when searching for, and interviewing for jobs.

“We want there to be a level playing field. We feel that everyone that works really hard on their education and those skills deserves a chance to walk in, feel really confident and proud of themselves, and to make a strong impression,” said SUNY Broome Career Coach Jeanie Kunpon.

SUNY Broome officials say they will be conducting ongoing clothing drives to keep the Career Closet fully stocked.

If you have professional clothing you wish to donate to the Career Closet, visit sunybroome.edu/careercenter/career-closet/ to find out how, or send an e-mail to careercenter@sunybroome.edu to make arrangements.

Dan Conklin

Dan Conklin

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