The old phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” rings especially true when it comes to job interviews. However, for those who are in college or just graduating, money can often be scarce.
This is where the Clark College Clothing Closet comes in.
For two days during the spring, all students are allowed the opportunity to pick out one free, career-wear outfit for potential job interviews or just to bridge the gap when funds for clothing get tight, so to speak.
For the past seven years, the clothing closet has provided professional attire for students with the help of donations from across the county.
During the past three years, more than 1,600 students have used it.
Jody Shulnak, service learning and volunteer program manager at the college, coordinates the program.
She said that usage has definitely increased the past few years due to people losing jobs and going back to school.
“The economy is a big factor,” Shulnak said. “Our demographic is always varied, but I noticed there were a lot of non-traditional students using it this year.”