JCPenney offers Baylor students chance to prepare for job interviews

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-28 22:05:15-05

Black Friday may be over, but Baylor University students are still racking up on deals.

On Sunday, JCPenney at Richland Mall in Waco hosted a college "Suit Up" event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This is the second year the store has teamed up with Career and Professional Development at Baylor to better prepare its students for the workforce. Students received 40% off select items, including clearance, with their valid Baylor ID. 

"I just got some nice blouses that I could wear for an interview or an internship," said Zugeily Nava, student at Baylor. 

Aside from keeping the store open after hours for the special shopping event, the discounts were enough to make any college student mark their calendar.

"I don't have very much money, so if I can get a lot of clothes for not very much money, then I am definitely going to go for it!" said Katie Wolverton, student at Baylor.

JCPenney staff and faculty from Baylor also helped students with how a suit should fit, what sizes to buy, how to tie a tie and more.

"One of the things that we wanted to do in our office is show employers that Baylor is the best place to go for the top talent. Not only are they smart students, but they're well prepared and they look the part." said Marjorie Ellis, executive director of Career and Professional Development at Baylor. 

For just a few bucks, students were able to load up on practically anything they could find in their size.

"The hardest part for students is that they don't really know what to do or how to dress for interviews and so we're just providing that feedback. So we're just helping them get fitted, find things and give them a discount," said Steven Valdez, general manager of JCPenney at Richland Mall.

Nearly 500 students showed up for the event. 

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