LYNDON -- It's an age-old problem for people trying to enter the workforce: without a job, how can you afford a suit? But without a suit, how can you get a job?
To help solve this dilemma, Lyndon State's Leadership Team is launching the first annual "Dress for Success" on Tuesday, April 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the college's Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC) room 100.
The goal of the project is to provide a free business-ready outfit to each junior and senior who attends the event. These clothes become a foundation for the student's professional wardrobe and may be worn to interviews, presentations, internships, and in other professional circumstances. The needs of juniors and seniors will be prioritized but all LSC students are welcome to participate.
All merchandise will be received by donation. The group seeks donations of suits, sport coats and blazers, jackets, overcoats and dress coats, dress shirts and blouses, trousers and slacks, skirts and dresses and shoes. The group also seeks other relevant professional attire and accessories such as scarves, ties, belts, costume jewelry, briefcases, portfolios and attachÃ© cases. Clothing should be clean and gently worn.
Donations may be dropped off at the ASAC reception desk from March 19 through April 8. Bulkier items or large quantities of merchandise may be donated on Monday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in ASAC room 100.
One highlight of the event will be a "Do and Don't Fashion Show." Students and faculty will dress in appropriate and inappropriate styles as a tongue-in-cheek teaching tool. There will also be a series of break-out sessions with faculty and staff that will address interview tips, business etiquette, body language and first impressions.
JCPenney is lending clothing racks and hangers and Vermont-based designer Tara Lynn Scheidet is lending dress forms. A seamstress will be on hand to measure collar, sleeve and inseam measurements. All merchandise remaining after the event will be donated to H.O.P.E.
LSC's Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CRE) will run the event annually in the future as a component of the college's Commencement Fair. For additional information, contact Ann Nygard, CRE director at (802) 626-4867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.