Is Dress for Success a Mess?

Waking up on a Monday to go to school is unpleasant enough. But does having a “uniform” to wear make getting ready easier, or make it even more dreadful?

Out of the 9 programs at West Tech, 3 (Business, Sports Medicine and Nursing) require their students to “Dress for Success” by either dressing professionally or wearing program uniforms, which would be a polo and khakis, for a grade. Now, WCTA has established a new school-wide Dress for Success policy that requires all students to dress in what their program teacher determines for them every Monday.

Mrs. McKinney, the Biotech program teacher says this policy was made “to give the school a cohesive look and stress the importance of our programs.” It is the first year for dressing up for many of students, and the teachers seem to be pro-Dress for Success.

“It's a technical academy and we work with professionals and we want you to mimic what we provide,” says Mr Leberger, the Engineering teacher. “It gets students ready for a life after WCTA.”

However, students who normally do not have to dress up were initially upset at this new policy. The majority has a very negative initial attitudes on it, and will try to find loopholes around it.

Teachers and students who were already in a program with this implemented in their education were indifferent. “It’s really not a big deal,” said Dylan Crosby-Mag, a sophomore in the Business program. “It’s an easy grade and I guess in the long run, it does benefit us by being professional.”

Justin Lilang, a freshman in engineering says since it’s his first year at the school, it shows the difference between a middle school and a techinical academy high school, which is what Dress for Success is meant to do.

So, although students may complain, it may be beneficial to them, as for most of us, it’s just wearing a tshirt and jeans, get it gives us the benefit of preparing for dressing up for a job. It bring together the look of West Tech, ranked #4 out of schools in Nevada for excellence.

A group of WCTA students pose for a picture in their dress for success outfits.

Photo Credit: Ashley Kwon

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