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BHCC Students Get Dressed for Success—with a Little Help from Their Friends

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Competing for jobs is tough. But thanks to the College’s Learn and Earn program, BHCC students are prepared to succeed. On October 29, just in time for the College’s Job Fair and the December Learn and Earn internship interviews, 130 students attended a fashion event called Professional Threads from 12 to 2 p.m. in D-Lounge. The majority of the students were business, general concentration and science/engineering majors; most were in the equivalent of their first year at BHCC.

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Interview-hopefuls chose from among 190 items of professional wear donated by BJ’s, BHCC faculty and staff and the Charlestown Mothers Association, a local nonprofit. Cosmetics company Mary Kay provided wardrobe and makeup consulting.

But the assistance was more than skin deep. Members of BHCC’s Student Success Club, which fosters the academic, professional and social success of BHCC students, coached fellow students. Lean and Earn staff took headshots of students to boost their LinkedIn profiles, and Learn and Earn staff referred students to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides interview suits and career development to low-income women in more than 75 cities worldwide.

While polishing their appearance and their job skills, students were treated to a fashion show featuring Learn and Earn interns, heard testimonials from current and former Learn and Earn interns, and listened to music by DJ Junior, a BHCC student. For more information about Learn and Earn, visit bhcc.edu/learnandearn/.