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Partnership with Dress for Success Northern New Jersey has Shared Commitment to Serving Community

Empowering women to achieve economic independence is a guiding principle for the Women’s Center at County College of Morris (CCM). Serving approximately 250 individuals yearly, the Women’s Center at CCM provides a variety of programs and services that are designed to help develop and implement an effective vocational plan for the motivated woman to reach economic self-sufficiency.  A majority of the clientele are women returning to work after they have been out of the workforce for some time.

The center holds a biweekly Job Club which invites guest speakers to address a variety of topics related to job search including, but not limited to, LinkedIn, interviewing skills, communication skills and resume and cover letter writing.

For a recent Job Club meeting, Kathy Vincelette, a career job coach at the center, invited Tim Wong, mobile manager from Dress for Success Northern New Jersey (DFSNNJ), who brought free suits for the clients and discussed the importance of the job interview and proper attire. He recommended, among other things, that when going on interviews to bring five resumes, give yourself enough time for travel and do not over accessorize.

“Dress for Success operates its mobile van as part of its regular services, and we felt it was a good match for the Job Club,” said Jaime Simon, the director of the Women’s Center. Both organizations share similar missions and Simon pointed out that without collaboration neither agency would be able to fully meet client needs.

Kim Iozzi ‘93, the newly appointed executive director of DFSNNJ and CCM graduate, wholeheartedly agreed on the partnership, stating, “As a graduate of CCM and resident of Morris County, I know, firsthand, the value the college brings to our greater community and workforce and am proud to be engaged in a partnership between Dress for Success Northern NJ- 10 counties and CCM.”

Iozzi continues, “While building on job readiness fundamentals, our [Dress for Success] mobile program brings additional insight and attire to women who may not otherwise be able to get to our boutique, which is presently located in Madison.”

Women have the opportunity to be suited by a personal shopper without the cost or hindrance of traveling off campus for help. While building on the training and support women receive at the Women’s Center at CCM, Dress for Success provides supplemental training and professional attire at no cost.  The basic premise for the collaboration is to remove as many barriers as possible to empower women.

“I am so happy to work with CCM and look forward to the possibility of engaging in new and enhanced collaborations with the college in the future,” remarks Iozzi.

Services at the Women’s Center at CCM include a job readiness program, computer training, workshops, legal programs, support groups, mentoring, to name a few. Educational and Scholarship opportunities are available.

Computer training course will run from August through November.

PowerPoint: 8/14, 8/16, 8/21, 8/23 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Excel 1: 9/10, 9/12, 9/17, 9/19 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Excel 2: 9/25, 9/27, 10/2, 10/4 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Word 1: 10/16, 10/18, 10/23, 10/25 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Word 2: 10/29, 10/31, 11/5, 11/7 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To enroll in the Women’s Center at CMM, visit https://www.ccm.edu/student-life/campus-services/womens-center/.  For more information on Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties visit: https://northernnj.dressforsuccess.org/.

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Photo: Kimberly Iozzi, PhD, executive director of Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 and County College of Morris alumna.