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Dress for Success Show on March 21 Prepares Grads

Twenty graduating Burlington County College (BCC) students have new suits, shoes and haircuts, as well as polished job skills and resumes, thanks to the College’s annual Dress for Success Show, presented by BCC’s Career Services Department and the BCC Foundation in partnership with Liberty Bell Bank. On Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., students will show off their transformations, complete with before and after photos, at the Enterprise Center at BCC, located on BCC’s Mount Laurel campus at 3331 Route 38.

“It is extremely important for young people about to enter the workforce to learn interviewing skills, how to dress for their career and how to succeed after college,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly. “Events such as this one provide opportunities for our students to earn a competitive edge on others entering the job market.”

“Whether these students plan to look for meaningful work after graduation, internships in their field of study, or go on to pursue a four-year degree, the skills and lessons they learn during the Dress for Success process will carry them far,” said BCC President David C. Hespe.

BCC President David C. Hespe and Burlington County Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly are scheduled to make opening remarks. Henry Gosik, President and CEO of Sensational Host Inc., an award-winning event planning and catering company located in the Delaware Valley, will serve as the evening’s emcee. In addition to the 10 men and 10 women modeling their professional attire, there will be entertaining skits covering the “Dos and Don’ts” of interviewing and networking.

Students participating in the Dress for Success Show and their majors are as follows: Lucas Albright, mechanical engineering; Michelle Bendell, science; Samantha Berry, business management technology, liberal arts & sciences, and business administration; Brianna Butters, liberal arts; Katherine Dawson Perry, engineering; Courtney Deluna, human services; Joseph Dromgoole, EHR certificate; Ashwani Gupta, biology; Andrea Harris, hearing instrument science; Christopher Jackson, radiography and  liberal arts & sciences; Shannon Logar, accounting; Joseph Malone, mechanical engineering; Jeremy Minker, business administration; Erwin Racimo, EHR/ HIT; Eric Schadt, business management; Thakshila Upasena, international studies; Marisol Velazquez, human services; Michael Wooden, music; Casey Yoos, liberal arts; and Ryan Young, political science and liberal arts & sciences.

 “It’s exciting to see our Dress for Success students grow in their confidence and abilities,” said BCC’s Director of Career Services, Roseanne Buckley. “They are poised to meet the challenges that lie ahead.” 

This event is free and open to the public. One lucky student audience member will receive the grand prize of an extreme professional makeover, sponsored by Liberty Bell Bank and Rizzieri Aveda School. 

The show is a prelude to BCC’s annual Job Fair, a massive networking opportunity for area jobseekers

and employers on Tuesday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Enterprise Center at BCC. The job fair is open to BCC students, alumni, and community residents. Last year, the job fair attracted more than 70 area business and organizations. This year’s list of participating employers will be available to the public by Monday, April 1. Jobseekers should dress professionally and bring updated copies of their resume. In preparation for the job fair, BCC’s Career Services Center will hold an Interviewing Skills Workshop on Tuesday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to noon in room 206 at the College’s Willingboro campus, 200 Campbell Drive, Suite 210. All events are free and open to the public. Registration and more information can be found on the Career Services website at www.bcc.edu/careers.