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ALL DRESSED UP HELPING PEOPLE FIND WORK.

Byline: Eugene Tong Staff Writer

VALENCIA - Carolishca Forster believes in dressing for success.

``If you're dressed up, you don't feel poor,'' said Forster, who runs support services for needy students at College of the Canyons. ``It boosts self-confidence, self-esteem, pride. It's a sense of looking your best.''

As director of transitional services and the state-funded CalWORKs program, Forster helps those whose circumstances could make school or work difficult, such as single mothers, teenage parents or victims of abuse.

``They're the ones who fall through the cracks,'' she said. ``We help all those wonderful students who need help.''

That means providing counseling, financial aid, job placement and even professional garb for job interviews, which is done through the Clothes Closet. With an appointment, College of the Canyons students enrolled in her programs can select from hundreds of dresses, jackets, purses and even pantyhose - stocked in a storage room in the cafeteria.

With a good eye, they can even dress like college Superintendent-President Dianne Van Hook.

``She brings in a whole bag of clothes every year,'' Forster said.

The Clothes Closet also serves clients of the Santa Clarita Valley Community Partners. For appointments or to donate, call (661) 362-3393.

Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253

eugene.tong(at)dailynews.com

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(color) Carolishca Forster, director of CalWORKs program at College of the Canyons, sorts through clothes that will be donated to students in need.

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