Staff holding up sample career clothes

Glen Oaks opens Career Closet to assist students with professional attire

Glen Oaks students wanting to dress their professional best now have a new option available to them as the college opens the Career Closet.

Operated by Glen Oaks employees, the Career Closet provides currently enrolled students with free professional attire appropriate for career fairs, interviews, classroom presentations, and the workplace. The project was funded in part through a $500 grant from Meemic Foundation coordinated through the Gleaton Swanwick Agency in Centreville, Michigan.

“Our goal is to help students look their best so they can make a positive impression as they launch their careers in the professional world,” said Tonya Howden, dean of students. “Career Closet depends on donations of gently used business attire from members of community.

“Although many clothing items are donated to the students, Career Closet also has a collection of brand new blazers available for loan,” said Howden. “These Hardwick blazers, from Cleveland, Tennessee, in both men’s and women’s styles, were provided through a generous donation from Mike Ownbey, president and CEO of Morgan Olson, LLC, and his wife, Paulette. Students may borrow one of these blazers by checking the item out with our staff.”

Ludders Cleaners is offering students a 25 percent discount on dry cleaning services to students borrowing apparel items. The discount is available at the Ludders’ stores in Sturgis and Three Rivers, Michigan, and in LaGrange, Indiana.

The Career Closet is open on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the Fall and Winter Semesters and by appointment. Each student receiving items from Career Closet will be provided with a packet of information on interviewing techniques, dressing to impress, and other resources to help students look and feel prepared for a job interview or career fair.


How Can You Help?

The Career Closet depends on donations in order to provide students with a wide selection of clothing. Glen Oaks welcomes professional clothing and cash donations to support the Career Closet.

Career Closet Requirements:

  • Clothes must have been purchased within the last five years and follow current fashion trends.
  • Accepted apparel must be new or gently used business professional clothing for both men and women.
  • Clothing must be laundered or dry-cleaned prior to donation.
  • Shoes, undergarments, worn or stained clothing will not be accepted.
  • Cash donations will be used to purchase clothing in underrepresented sizes.
  • We accept:
    • Men’s and women’s suits
    • Suit jackets
    • Dress pants
    • Skirts
    • Blouses
    • Belts
    • Ties


If clothing does not meet the Career Closet requirements, items will be donated to local organizations.

Donations are deductible as allowed by law. Please contact the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation at 269-294-4384 with any questions.

Donated items may be dropped off at the Career Closet during operational hours or by scheduling an appointment at Student Services is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fall and Winter semesters). During the summer term, the college is closed on Fridays.

The Glen Oaks Community College Career Closet and the students of the college thank you for your donations