New Career Clothing Closet for Students

Las Vegas, N.M. – The Highlands University Career Services Office has started a free career clothing closet to help the university’s students look their best at job interviews.

“With their other college expenses, many students cannot afford professional outfits to wear to an interview or job,” said Jennifer Hooper of Career Services. “We are starting a career clothing closet at no charge to our students to help better prepare them for job seeking and the work place.”

Photo: Regent Leveo Sanchez makes a donation

New Mexico Highlands University Board Of Regents Chairman Leveo Sanchez, right, hands a suit to Tranquilino “Kino” Hurtado, director of NMHU Career Services, as part of a clothing drive to help NMHU students when they are applying for jobs. Regent Sanchez donated numerous suits and shoes to the drive.
Photo: Rick Loffredo/University Relations

Hooper said Career Services is seeking donations of used professional clothing items in good condition so that Highlands students and alumni can make their best impressions at their interviews or jobs.

Hooper said with commencement approaching on May 11, students are already interviewing for professional jobs as well as internships.

“This career clothing closet is very timely for our students. They only get one chance to make a good first impression,” Hooper said.

She said the clothing closet is looking for men’s blazers, slacks, button-up and polo shirts, and ties. For women, blazers, slacks, blouses and skirts are needed.

“We hope that the campus and Las Vegas communities will support our mission and help us implement this new initiative. Clothing donations are greatly appreciated,” said Hooper, a Las Vegas native.

Hooper said she is optimistic the career clothing closet will be a success because the campus and Las Vegas communities are generous and caring.

Clothing donations may be dropped off at the Career Services Office, Suite 230, Felix Martinez Building, 800 University Ave. Clothing donations may also be mailed to NMHU Career Services, P.O. Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701.

The Career Services Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Services are available to current students and Highlands alumni.

[Update 11.20.19: For further information, please contact Tranquilino Hurtado, director of NMHU’s Career Services office, at 505-454-3251.]