Students at the University of Texas at Arlington who can’t afford business attire for interviews will soon have a campus-grown resource: Project Success, a student organization.
Project Success is seeking donated clothing and money for dry cleaning. Mission Arlington has agreed to keep the clothing in a dedicated area of its downtown offices, within walking distance of the university. Students could obtain one outfit in exchange for 10 hours of service to Mission Arlington, said Cheri Butler, associate director of UTA Career Services, who began noodling the idea when she took her job nearly six years ago.
“We have an incredibly high percentage of first-generation college students” at UTA, said Butler, adviser to Project Success. When it comes time for many students to trek out on interviews, “there isn’t a lot of money there” for professional clothing.