Dressing for Success

This month our CHCP students had an opportunity to join a promising partnership with Dress for Success.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help women find jobs and remain employed. Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success’s mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 550,000 women around the world. While they may be best known for providing suits to women, it is their employment retention programs that are the cornerstone of the organization. Soon after Dress for Success was founded they came to recognize that finding work is only one step in a woman's journey towards economic independence; remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become self-sufficient. To meet the need for services that would help women both find and keep jobs, they established the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program, which offers women ongoing support as they successfully transition into the workforce, build thriving careers and prosper in the mainstream workplace. Once a woman joins the PWG she is a member for life, able to attend meetings at any affiliate throughout the world and benefit from additional employment retention and mentoring programs.

Here is what our CHCP students had to say about Dress for Success. “It was the most unique experience I ever had. I really enjoyed how the personal shopper respected my likes and dislikes. They were very helpful.” said Ms. Tavasha Williams, a Medical Assistant student. “Overall, I feel like it’s a great program for women. Whether you are old or young, just keep an open mind and you will be amazed!” stated Mr. Gary Nunn, Placement Coordinator. If you would like more information about Dress for Success and the wonderful programs they offer, please contact career services or go to there website. www.dressforsuccess.org

Career Gear Houston A suit and a second chance! If you are a man who’s trying to change your live in a positive way and lack the essential tools- interview-appropriate attire? Then Career Gear Houston is looking for you.  Today’s job hunt is even tougher. Without these services and programs, these men don’t stand a chance of getting through the front door of an organization.

Career Gear, was begun in New York City by Gary Field in 1998. His mission was to improve the lives of economically-disadvantaged, job seeking men by providing interview-appropriate clothing, motivation and supportive services that would help them obtain and retain a job. CGH exists to fill a gap that social service/job training programs are faced with once they have prepared their clients for the job search process, i.e., something appropriate to wear on a job interview, and then to keep and maintain gainful employment.

This month several of our students had the opportunity to take Career Gear Houston up on their mission and the results were amazing. Mr. Adries Hill, a Dental Assistant student stated “It is wonderful to have an organization that helps young men to be successful. I am ready to attack my career thanks to Career Gear. Just like the commercial. You will like the way you look!” According to Mr. Jesse Lawrence, a Massage Therapy student stated “It was simply fantastic! I’m booted and suited and highly recommend other to give them a chance.” If you would like more information about Career Gears Houston and the wonderful programs they offer, please contact career services.

Gary Nunn - Placement Coordinator, Houston NW Campus