VCU Career Services and the National Association of Black Accountants partnered with JCPenney for a “Suit Up” event, a night of exclusive deals for VCU students and alumni.
The event, which took place Sunday at the JCPenney off Laburnum Avenue, offered 40 percent off select men’s and women’s career dress apparel, accessories and shoes, including clearance items.
This was the second “Suit Up” event held by VCU and JCPenney — the first took place in March. VCU Career Services also provided free transportation to and from the event by bus Sunday.
Hundreds of students showed up to the event to try to score some deals. JCPenney was closed to the public, requiring students to show their VCU ID card and alumni to display their VCU Alumni smartphone app before entering the store.
VCU School of Business graduate student Carol Dcunha said she heard about the event through VCU Career Services. She said the event helped her get attire she needs for future jobs.
“[I’m looking for] mostly professional attire, specifically for interviews,” Dcunha said.
Justin West, a senior in the School of Business, and Carley Sadler, a second-year School of Pharmacy graduate student, attended the event to buy attire not only for interviews in their fields, but also for their classes at VCU.
Apart from deals on clothing items, there were also raffle prizes given away throughout Sunday’s event. Sephora provided mini-makeovers, and the JCP salon offered free consultations and discount coupons for future visits.