LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - JCPenney partnered with the Texas Tech University Career Center to put on College Suit Up, an event that helps students dress for success without breaking the bank.
The private event took place at JCPenney in the South Plains Mall. Hundreds of students came through to purchase business professional clothing at a discounted price.
Students with a valid ID got an additional 40 percent off. Students were also eligible to receive a free mini makeover at Sephora inside JCPenney, and have a professional headshot taken at a discounted price.
Toni Krebbs, a career counselor at the University Career Center, said this event helps students acquire appropriate clothes to wear as they are on the hunt for a job.
“You may have the same resume or the same skills as someone else, but if you come in and you are dressed very nice and professional, you feel more confident than the other person and typically that translates to you getting the job,” Krebbs said.
Krebbs said Texas Tech is one of the first Big 12 schools to partner with JCPenney for this event. It’s the second full College Suit Up event. Krebbs said there are more incentives added for students each time.
Brad Tucker, the general manager of JCPenney, said the event is a great opportunity to build relationships with members of the community.
“Yes, we’re a business. But, yet we’re here for the community, too. Anything we can do to help the students be better prepared, they can go out into the real world and get that dream job,” Tucker said.
Tucker said searching for a job is harder than it may seem. He said JCPenney wants to help students make a good first impression by helping them with their presentation.
Associates measured students to help them find the right size, style and fit.
Organizers of the event said those who missed it are invited to come out next semester.