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Dressing for Success with Helping Hand from
Princeton University

1/29/13

Trenton, N.J. -- Students from the Career Training Institute (CTI) at Mercer County Community College’s Trenton campus are sprucing up their resumes and practicing interview strategies as they gain skills for new jobs.

As evidenced by an outpouring of generous donations to Princeton University’s annual clothing drive, it’s clear that Princeton’s faculty, staff and students are behind them 100 percent.

According to Erin Metro, of the Princeton University Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the annual drive is held for just a few days each year in January and the response from the university community is always overwhelming.

“In just three days, we collected two rooms full of clothing,” she observed.  Metro says the emphasis is on women’s and men’s clothing suitable for an office environment, ranging from suits and separates, to sweaters, coats, shoes, handbags and belts.

On January 25, MCCC’s Craig Morris, assistant director for Community Education and Training at the Trenton campus, and Larond Sheppard, a staff member in the Facilities Department, picked up a van’s worth of clothing, along with accessories.

According to Morris, the items will be distributed this spring to CTI students, GED students returning to MCCC to finish their high school diplomas, students in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as the rest of the student population.

“Our students are very appreciative of this kind of help,” Morris said.

He notes the clothing will be available as part of the Trenton campus’s “Dress for Success” seminar, a workshop that helps students prepare for interviews and get tips about workplace etiquette.

MCCC's Craig Morris, left, and Larond Sheppard pick up clothing donated by Princeton University faculty, staff and students for distribution to MCCC students preparing for the workforce. They are pictured with the clothing drive’s organizer, Erin Metro, of the Princeton University Office of Community and Regional Affairs.

Morris and Sheppard load the Mercer van. The clothing will be distributed to students at the Trenton campus this spring.
 
"I am happy to organize things from this end,” Metro said. “But we especially love how these donations get used at the other end."

In addition to MCCC, Metro says clothing will be donated to Homefront and UIH Family Partners in Trenton.

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