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Bethany College seeking donations of professional attire for students

DRESS FOR SUCCESS — Eden Rice and Matt Bakowski, juniors majoring in social work, work in the Bethany College Professional Image Center. The center provides free professional attire to Bethany students. (Contributed photo)

BETHANY — The Professional Image Center at Bethany College is accepting donations of clean and gently used professional attire in preparation for the upcoming job interview season.

The Professional Image Center allows Bethany students to pick out interview and work-placement attire at no cost.

The center opened in 2015 as a partnership between the Office of Career and Professional Development and the Kalon Scholars in response to a student need for professional and business-casual clothing.

Amy VanHorn, director of the Career and Professional Development Center, said demand for items spiked this semester during Bethany’s first Career Week, which included alumni and student networking dinner. January comprehensive exams also drew several students to the Professional Image Center, commonly referred to as the “Career Closet.”

Among the clothing items being sought are: Pants and jacket suit sets; skirt and jacket suit sets; blazers and sports coats; dress slacks, pants, and skirts; business casual pants; business casual polo shirts; dress shirts and blouses; belts and ties; gently worn professional shoes (black, brown, nude, or navy). Ladies pumps or flats should be closed toe. Donations of suit hangers also will be accepted.

For information or to donate, contact VanHorn at career@bethanywv.edu.

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