CAPSS helps students ‘Suit Up’ with JCPenney


Engineering major Francisco Leon-Gomez tries on a suit during the first Suit Up Event, hosted by American River College’s Career And Pathways Support Services on March 10, 2019. (File Photo)

Alexis Warren

Can you imagine what it’d feel like to show up to a job interview looking your absolute best? Well thanks to American River College Career and Pathways Support Services, you don’t have to imagine.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, CAPSS will partner with JCPenney at Arden Fair Mall to host its second Suit Up Event which accommodates students and alumni with appropriate job apparel for a more affordable price. ARC students and alumni, along with those from the other Los Rios Community College District schools, will be able to shop for up to 60% off career wear.

In addition to the private shopping event, CAPSS has arranged for food and entertainment to be available to attendees. 

“Yolanda’s Tamales food truck will be there for students to have the option to purchase some food,” student personnel assistant Laura Adams said. “I also have an ARC student who is also a professional DJ come to play music in the Men’s Department to add a little bit more excitement and fun to the event.”

According to Adams, free tailoring services will be available, and the cosmetic and beauty retailer, Sephora, will offer makeovers. JCPenney will also raffle off six $50 gift cards. 

Students are allowed to bring friends or family, keeping in mind that there is a limit of one purchase the night of the event. Adams recommends that students come with their Los Rios identification card or present their student ID number in order to sign in.

“We actually had a really good turnout last year,” Adams said. “I’m expecting more students this year, because it’s the second time around for Los Rios students.”

Yolanda’s Tamales food truck will be outside of JCPenney at 5:30 p.m. followed by the three hour event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.