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Barton Community College to host Career Closet Drive

April 8, 2019
Story by Joe Vinduska

Barton Community College’s Community Service Organization (CSO) will host a Career Closet Drive as part of the 12th annual Great Bend Job Fest. The drive will run through April 15.

The group is looking for gently used professional attire for males and females including suits, dresses, shirts, shoes, belts, ties, scarves and other accessories, along with hangers. Donations can be dropped off at Farmers Bank and Trust at 1612 Main Street in Great Bend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Job Fest is a regional job fair that has been held in Great Bend for 12 years. The Career Closet Drive helps attendees look professional while they network without having to spend money on new clothes. The clothes will be available from 3-5 p.m. on April 24 and 3-5 p.m. on April 25 at the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St. Anyone who utilizes the clothes can keep them for future use.

The fair is for businesses and employees in Central Kansas. It is put on by a collaboration of many organizations in the region.

“Our committee is thrilled to be putting on yet another fantastic job fair,” said Co-chair of the Job Fest and Barton’s Director of Testing, Advisement and Career Services Judy Jacobs. “Our sponsor and business participation, as well as community support has been vital to making this event a success. The collaboration with Barton students offers the opportunity to provide a tremendous service and give students hands-on experience.”

Job Fest is sponsored by:

City of Great Bend
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce
Barton Community College/EOC/C.S.O.
Great Bend Tribune
Mark’s Custom Signs
The University of Kansas Health System

Farmers Bank and Trust
Great Bend Coffee

For more information about the Career Closet Drive, contact Barton’s Director of Testing, Advisement and Career Services Judy Jacobs at or (620) 792-9349.

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