Higher Ed wins grant for “Dressed Up” project

Staff report

Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Cook County Community Fund to foster local employment.

The “Dressed Up with Someplace to Work” collaborative project is designed to help local college students gain resume and job interview skills and provide the start of a “dress for success” wardrobe. Many of CCHE’s clientele have little resources to spend on the wardrobe needs necessary for new employment. The “Dressed Up” project provides a fun, unique way of solving this dilemma.

The concept of providing a startup wardrobe is relatively common in metropolitan areas, so why not here in Cook County? CCHE approached the First and Second Thrift Shop and they were intrigued by the possibilities and agreed to partner for the project.

CCHE’s “Dressed Up” project will be accomplished in three steps. First, students will attend a free resume writing workshop at CCHE. The event Landing the Perfect Job is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus.

Next, students will work one-to-one with CCHE staff and a local volunteer to refine and polish their resume and practice their job interview skills.

Finally, students will be given a voucher to go to the local nonprofit First and Second Thrift Shop and receive help picking out clothing and accessories appropriate for their upcoming job interview and/or employment.

CCHE expects that local students will come away from the project with a strong resume and the skills to conduct themselves confidently in a job interview. Students will obtain a wardrobe of at least two work outfits, will learn how to dress appropriately for their new occupation, and can use those new skills to expand their work wardrobe.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with students, contact Higher Ed at 218-387-3411 or via email If you would like to help a community nonprofit by working at the First & Second Thrift Store or at the donation center, contact Bev Green at the Senior Center for more information (218) 387-2660.

If you are a CCHE student (or would like to be one) or are seeking employment, contact Higher Ed at 218-387- 3411 or stop at our North Shore Campus at 300 W. 3rd St. in Grand Marais.

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