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Marilyn Davies College of Business Suits Up with JCPenney


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Long-time retailer, JCPenney is hosting a special event for members of the Houston-Area Consoritum of Career Centers (HACCC) that include the Marilyn Davies College of Business’ Career Center and University of Houston Downtown's Career Development Center (CDC).

This HACCC-initiated event is also hosting seven HACC institutions: University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Rice University, Texas Southern University, and University of Houston-Victoria.

The inaugural JCPenney Suit-Up event is offering students access to resources, which will help them customize and finalize their professional look. Students will learn about and acquire professional dress attire that is appropriate when searching (attending Career Fairs) and interviewing for internships and full-time career opportunities. Participating students will also have the opportunity to receive makeovers (hair and makeup) for professional pictures. In addition to hosting the event, JCPenney is also offering a 40 percent coupon that is good off of select men’s and women’s career dress apparel and shoes.

“Many of our students don’t know what professional dress means and they often don’t know where to purchase these types of items,” said Brett Hobby, director of MDCOB Career Center. “Even if they are aware, they also may not have the financial resources to actually purchase these items. This event will help educate our students and also provide a way for them to affordably purchase items they can use for years to come.”

Hobby hopes this event can become an annual or bi-annual (fall/spring) tradition.

“This is a unique and special opportunity for our students. They should not miss it!” he said.

Event Details

JCPenney Suit-Up Event
Sunday, March 24
6 - 9 p.m.
730 Meyerland Plaza Mall

UHD students are asked to RSVP via their respective UHD Career Center system:

For more information, contact Brett Hobby at hobbyb@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.