May 17, 2022 (Trenton, NJ). Today, Dress for Success Central New Jersey (DFSCNJ) and Trenton Central High School (TCHS) held a Grand Opening event attended by Mayor W. Reed Gusciora for DFSCNJ’s new satellite program, the DFSCNJ Business Academy, at the high school.

The satellite program will provide free career clothing and accessories such as shoes, handbags and jewelry to female students to encourage them to take advantage of career mentoring, job preparedness and financial literacy workshops offered by DFSCNJ. Students will take their new skills, with their new career outfits, to college and/or job interviews. Students will be required to attend one or more DFSCNJ workshops in order to have access to the clothing boutique. The goal is to hold a workshop on Personal Branding and Image Enhancement and a Latina Empowerment workshop.

“The day that was discussed and planned over a year ago is finally here,” said Mary Courtney, Principal, TCHS. “Dress for Success is a great organization with programs that will help develop our girls personally and professionally while channeling them to build their self-esteem.” TCHS Finance Teacher, Crystal Feliciano, said, “I am excited for what’s to come and I am grateful to Principal Courtney, the School Board, and the administration for allowing this wonderful opportunity for our students here at Trenton Central High School. Most of all, I’m so glad that when I discussed the possibility of a partnership with Melissa at Dress for Success, her immediate response without hesitation or reservation was yes!”

As the young women looked at the selection of styles and accessories in the suite during the ceremony, Melissa Tenzer looked on with pride. “It is really inspiring to watch these students get to the next level,” Tenzer said. “To see their confidence grow, to know that they can go on an interview and make their dreams come true is truly amazing to witness. Leadership is born when women are given the tools to succeed. These students are our future, we are honored to be helping to prepare them to be the next generation of leaders.”

“I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity,” Feliciano said. “This is what it’s all about, working together to help one another to grow stronger; I’m so happy for our students and for the exciting journey ahead.”

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Crystal Feliciano is the lead community correspondent at Peterson's Breaking News of Trenton. She plays a crucial role in covering community-related news, events, and stories for the news outlet. This...