PCC Teams with ECU and JCPenney on ‘Suit Up’ Event

Three students who won $100-gift cards to spend at JCPenney celebrate with PCC's bulldog mascot, Bruiser.

WINTERVILLE—Having experienced success with an exclusive shopping event in the fall, Pitt Community College teamed up with JCPenney and the East Carolina University College of Business again this month to help students save money on professional attire.

In all, more than 400 PCC and ECU students and their supporters took part in the “JCPenney Suit Up Event” on Feb. 24. During the event, which took place at the JCPenney store in Greenville Mall after normal business hours, participants received an extra 40 percent off career dress apparel.

“We were really excited at the chance to host another ‘Suit Up’ event for students,” said PCC Career Outreach Specialist Rachel Bridgers. “Our first event this past fall was great, but since graduation and our ‘All Majors Career Fair’ both occur in the spring, we expected to see an increase in student attendance at the event – and we did.”

Bridgers said most participants saved at least $100 on their transactions and added that she hopes the attire students purchased will help them in their search for employment.

“Purchasing professional attire is challenging for students on a tight budget, but they need to dress professionally for job interviews,” she said. “Research has shown that professional clothing has a positive effect on people, and we saw that with students who participated in the fall event.”

Bridgers said PCC’s Career Services Department and Center for Student Activities plan to partner with JCPenney and ECU again this fall on a third ‘Suit Up’ event.