JCP helps dress to impress


Career connections and JCPenney keep on winning and they’re doing it in high fashion.

Sunday Sept 9, students flocked from campus and down to the Pecanland Mall to go shopping with Career Connections at JCPenney.

The retail giant usually opens their doors to students from three different universities. This year, Louisiana Delta Community College was also invited in to the festivities.

LA Tech and Grambling were also present, but it has always been the local university (ULM) that brings out the most students, a statistic Career Connections is always proud to share.

Held once a semester, the JCPenney Suit-Up event this semester is held right before Career Connections’ Style Show.

Stephen Fuselier, a senior communications major, says the importance of events like the one hosted by JCPenney come down to economics, specifically college students’.

“I would say the purpose of suit up is to provide college students with their best chance of getting nice, and otherwise expensive business clothes at an affordable price. This allows them to look their best for upcoming career fairs, job interviews, anything really,” Fuselier said.

When showing up and presenting their school IDs students were given a 40 percent off coupon to go towards their purchase on top of the already ongoing sales at the store.

The upcoming style show had many participants out shopping for their outfits. A big number of students were also graduating seniors looking for interview appropriate clothing.

According to Fuselier, the clothes don’t make the individual, but they do influence them.

“To me it’s a major confidence booster because when you look good, you feel good, plus you save money on it and everyone loves a sale,” Fuselier said.

The event has gotten bigger and bigger each semester. ULM students continue to come out in large numbers, and the sale didn’t end Sunday night. The 40 percent off coupon doesn’t end until Nov. 19 and is available at the Career Connections office.

Career Connections’ biggest goal is preparing students for life outside campus and after graduation. They will be hosting the Career Style Show on Wednesday at the SUB Ballrooms. The event helps to highlight interview and on the job attire for students. This year Career Connections has over 40 participants, a record number for their event.