Students at Tyler ISD’s Career and Technology Center spend a lot of time preparing for the professional world through the participation in career fairs, interviewing for internships and so forth. However, an additional component to preparing for the professional world also includes dressing for the professional world. Therefore, the CTC is holding a Professional Clothing Drive to help stock its new Professional Clothes Closet, a resource students can use to help them make a positive impression on their future employers.
“Since last spring, we have met with several businesses and worked to setup interviews, internships and job opportunities for CTE students,” Jessica Brown, CTC internship coordinator, said. “Through this process, many students didn’t have access to suits or business style clothing to wear to an interview, so the need for professional clothing for our students was discovered. We have some really outstanding students that are being equipped with certifications and opportunities that give them an advantage once they graduate high school. We don’t want the inability to dress professional for an interview to be the barrier that keeps them from reaching that next step.”
The Professional Clothing Drive will take place September 12-14, however donations will be accepted anytime throughout the school year. Appropriate donations include:
Business suits (gray, black or navy)
Button-up dress shirts (pale, subtle colors)
Professional slacks and/or skirts (gray, black or navy)
Professional Ties (solid or striped patterns)
All donation items must be cleaned and pressed appropriately and on hangers. Items with damage and items without sizes clearly labeled will not be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Career and Technology Center located at 3013 Earl Campbell Parkway.
To make a donation or for questions, please contact Jessica Brown at 903.262.1024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.