Southeast Arkansas College will soon be opening a Career Closet as a resource of upscale, gently used business casual and business professional attire available, free of charge, to all currently enrolled SEARK students. The Career Closet will be located in the General Studies North building to assist students as they prepare for job readiness and initial interviews. Deb Pyland, Director of Student Retention, has spearheaded this project which had been in the making for some time.
Most college students endure economic struggle, so SEARK College staff has adopted the philosophy that servicing the whole student, not merely their academic needs, promotes positive longevity. Complete student preparedness is essential to the success of each graduate as they move forward into the work-a-day world. Deb Pyland stated, “When you address the student’s academical, professional and personal needs it fosters confidence not only to succeed, but also to persevere on toward future achievements.” “I believe every higher education facility should have this type of resource for students. Appropriate dress and presentation lends value and confidence to our young professionals preparing to enter a new level of employment,” said Steven Bloomberg, President of Southeast Arkansas College.
The Career Closet will be stocked with gently used men’s business suits, women’s business suits, button-up business professional shirts, professional slacks, skirts, belts, blouses, shoes, handbags and accessories. Several volunteers from around the campus will donate their time toward this activity. The steering committee includes the following SEARK employees Tracy Cobb, Gene White, Terry Harden, Nerva Copeland, Temeke Butler, Kim Williams, and Lynnette Bloomberg. The target launch date to open the Career Closet is Tuesday, March 27th. Hours of operation will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or by appointment. Donations of clothing will be accepted on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and tax deduction receipts will be provided.
For more information regarding the Southeast Arkansas College Career Closet, contact Deb Pyland at 870-850-4834 or careerclosetseark.edu.