Carson-Newman community helping students get suited up for success

Carson-Newman Career Closet creating inspiration
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 7:06 PM EST
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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Suiting up for football or track is important to Trayzel Jureidini-Wyche as he represents Carson-Newman University. Suiting up for career success in the business world is just as important to him.

Jureidini-Wyche is a finance and economics major aspiring to earn his masters in business administration.

“Just like putting on that helmet, the suit is a whole other mindset and ballgame as well. You have to carry yourself to a higher standard,” said Jureidini-Wyche.

Fashion merchandising is what Noelle White studies at the university, and she knows a bargain when she sees one, “The blazer that I found is Banana Republic and those can be $50 to $60 dollars for one jacket.”

White didn’t pay a dime, but she earned the right to shop the Career Closet by working as a student at Carson-Newman.

The Career Closet has been open a little over a year, and the Director of Career Development Mark Workman said it is filling a need.

“A number of students would come by and simply say to us, ‘I’ve got this presentation and I need to dress professionally, and I simply don’t have anything. Is there a place where I can find the kind of clothes that I need?’” said Workman.

When Public Defender Rebecca Lee of the Fourth Judicial District heard about the Career Closet, she realized there was a need she and her colleagues in the legal profession could fill.

“I thought it was a great idea when I heard about Carson-Newman’s closet to ‘what am I gonna do with these suits?’” Lee said.

She organized a professional clothing drive to keep the university stocked up on professional attire. Lee is happy to encourage young people ready for their first presentations and job interviews.

“I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. It’s really scary to go on that first interview,” she said.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Sheldon got her undergraduate degree in accounting from Carson-Newman and is excited to help other students there, “Be able to walk in and showcase their talents and what they’ve learned from Carson-Newman.”

If you can help with a clothing drive or personal donation to the Career Closet, contact Alice Wilson at 865-471-3567.

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