Career Services and Generation Huntington are suiting students for success with a men's professional clothing drive

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Generation Huntington, a committee of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, is assisting Marshall University Career Services in taking on the task of dressing male students and recent graduates for interviews, internships and new jobs.

 
While discussing ways Generation Huntington and Career Services could partner to best benefit the students of Marshall University, the need for men's professional clothing was brought up, said Tiffany Bajus, Generation Huntington Vice-Chair. 
 
"We approached Career Services director Denise Hogsett about a month ago to come up with some ideas for ways our members could become more involved with their programs and initiatives to assist Marshall students and graduates," Bajus said.
 
Career Services has a great relationship with Dress for Success but, unfortunately, there isn't a program like it for our male students, Hogsett said.
 
"Denise told me she had been struggling with the need for a while," Bajus said. "They just didn't have the space or resources to devote to such a project and were really excited at the possibility of working together to meet this need."
 
As a result, Generation Huntington is organizing a Men's Professional Clothing Drive from April 1 through 18. Community members are encouraged to drop off business casual and professional clothing and shoes to the Huntington Regional Chamber Office, Marshall University Alumni Association, Brand Yourself at the Shops at Heritage Station or the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office.
 
"If we can provide an opportunity to one student or other community member needing that extra boost, we've accomplished our goal," said Chris Wallace, Generation Huntington Chair and Owner of Brand Yourself.  
 
At the end of the month, Generation Huntington members will collect and organize all of the donations to prepare them for pickup. Suited for Success events are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. May 7-8 at Brand Yourself located at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington. 
 
During these events, male students and community members in need of professional attire for interviews, internships and starting positions may purchase gently used clothing for a small fee. 
 
"Our members will be available to assist guests in finding the right style and fit for their needs. Everything will be priced under $5," Wallace said.
 
Marshall Career Services staff members will also be available at the events to assist students with interview preparation and more.
 
Drop-off locations:

Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce
1108 3rd Ave., Suite 300, Huntington
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
 
Brand Yourself
210 11th Street, Shop 7, Huntington
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
 
Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office
One Civic Center Plaza, Huntington
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
 
Marshall University Erickson Alumni Center
519 John Marshall Dr.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

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