Skip to main content

Student Services Classroom to Career Suit Program

A solid professional image starts with how you dress

Corky’s Career Closet + Certificate Program

In today’s job market, candidates with a solid professional image get hired.  One of the key elements of a solid professional image is the way you dress.  The Office of Career Services and the School of Business have partnered to create two programs focused on professional image and dress. 

  1. Corky’s Career Closet (non-teaching majors)
  2. Classroom to Career Certificate Program

Corky’s Career Closet (non-teaching majors)

The Career Closet in the Memorial Union is currently undergoing a rebuilding and rebranding process. Watch for exciting new changes in the coming year!

Teaching majors

The Teachers College operates a career closet in Visser Hall for all teaching majors.  For more information, go to The Teachers College career closet home page.

Classroom to Career Certificate Program

Emporia State University is excited to launch a new professional development series focused on building professional skills with our students. This unique program, called the Classroom to Career Certificate Program, guides students through 13 steps to build their career competencies and professional image.  At the completion of these steps, students will earn a tailored, professional business suit.  Emporia State has partnered with Dillard’s in Topeka, Kansas to provide the training program and sizing for the suit program.  Emporia State provides the funding for the suits. 

Check out this article in the Topeka Capital-Journal


To be eligible for this program, students must:

  1. Be a current sophomore or junior by credit hour during the Fall 2019 semester.
  2. Be enrolled for both the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

Students who graduate in December 2019 or enroll for their first semester during Spring 2020 are not eligible to participate in this program.   

3. Attend one of two professional dress programs offered by Dillard’s staff members. Login to your Handshake account to view the details and dates of the kick-off programs.

4. Complete all required certificate steps between the October 2019 - February, 2020. Steps completed before or after these dates will not be considered for this program.

This program is based on the NACE Career Competencies.pdf

Questions?  Contact us!
June Coleman, Director of Career Services
Joyce Zhou, Interim Chair, Business Administration Associate Professor
Isaiah Wattree, Graduate Assistant, Career Services