Join us for the grand opening of the Applied Learning & Career Center’s Career Closet from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at SUNY Broome.

Join us for the grand opening of the Applied Learning & Career Center’s Career Closet from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at SUNY Broome.

The grand opening ceremony will run from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Applied Technologies Building Atrium, followed by interactive programming for students. The Career Closet is located in Applied Technologies Room 120.

“Projects such as the Career Closet wouldn’t be possible without community support.  We are very grateful to all who helped make this service a reality for our students,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “The Career Closet fills a critical need for our students by helping them to bridge the gap between higher education and their future careers.”

The Career Closet provides free professional clothing, shoes and accessories to students in need. To be eligible, SUNY Broome students must meet with an assigned Career Coach at least twice, develop a final resume with that Career Coach and have a job or internship opportunity, or plan to attend an upcoming career fair.

“First impressions are very visual and when it is time for our students to put their college degree to work, it is important to make a positive first impression. For many students who have spent the past few years in sweats and jeans, having to change one’s wardrobe is often a financial stretch,” said SUNY Broome Vice President of Student Development and Chief Diversity Carol Ross, who secured needed funding for the project. “We stand by our students at the beginning of their college journey and stand with them as they prepare for the next phase;  we are committed to making a difference in their lives.”

The project is made possible by myriad campus stakeholders and community members, including Visions Federal Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Binghamton and the Community Foundation of South Central New York. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo was among the project’s first clothing donors.

The Career Closet will conduct ongoing clothing drives to replenish inventory. Currently, they are in need of men and women’s shoes. Visit http://www2.sunybroome.edu/careercenter/career-closet/ for more information, or email careercenter@sunybroome.edu to arrange donation drop-offs.