After the speechifying and the ribbon-cutting, it wasn’t long before a handful of students started checking out the threads inside a new boutique-like space at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.
Penn Station, which celebrated its grand opening Jan. 16 on the Campus Center zero level near the cafeteria, is a “clothing closet” of free business attire for students who need to look good for job interviews, career fairs and the like.
Campus president Tyjaun Lee expressed her appreciation to “the two queens who really came up with the idea”: Sonya Thomas, until recently Penn Valley’s Career Services coordinator, and Chelsia Potts, student engagement manager. Lee also thanked the Facilities team and the faculty and staff members who donated clothes, shoes, bow ties and other accessories.
Another big supporter of the project: Daniel Barickman, president of DapperKC.com. The company, which provides dry cleaning pickup and delivery, is cleaning all the donated clothing and giving MCC a 30% discount.
MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said the professional-clothing resource is a great example of the College’s mission — “Preparing Students, Serving Communities, Creating Opportunities” — in action.
The chancellor has gone through her own closet, and “I’ve got a bag sitting right outside my bedroom door” to donate to Penn Station, she said.
Any current MCC student with an updated Career Central profile who has completed a resume review from Career Services is eligible to receive clothing from Penn Station.
Faculty and staff, as well as community members, are encouraged to donate gently used, in-fashion career clothing and accessories. Those who make a clothing or monetary donation to Penn Station will receive a donation receipt for tax-deduction purposes. Deductions and monetary value of donations provided will follow IRS guidelines. MCC will not determine the value of any individual or group donations.
If you would like to donate or have questions about the Penn Station clothing closet, please contact Chelsia Potts by emailing Chelsia.Potts@mcckc.edu.
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