Alumnus Kris Walker ’08 was thinking about all things related to the University of South Carolina Upstate as he drove to campus March 7.
It’s been 10 years since Walker last visited the Spartanburg campus, although he recently spent a few hours recruiting students in downtown Spartanburg at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics’ Annual Career and Internship Fair.
Walker, who serves as the area manager for Enterprise, manages rental locations in Spartanburg, Gaffney and Greer. The recent job fair helped him to find and hire two students to work part-time at Enterprise. But on this particular occasion, he was back for a different reason – to give back to USC Upstate.
Walker, along with his colleague Alisha Fligg, talent acquisition specialist for Enterprise, were on campus to pay it forward. USC Upstate’s Career Services received $3,000 from Enterprise Holdings Foundation that will be used to provide items for the Career Closet.
“It’s just a wonderful surprise,” said Sherry McAdams, director of the Career Center at USC Upstate. “We have a need for more women’s attire like slacks, skirts and business suits and this will help us to be able to acquire those things.”
The Career Closet, located in Library 242, provides clothing items FREE to USC Upstate students and alumni who are interviewing for jobs, internships, attending career fairs, or entering the workforce.
“We selected USC Upstate because of our long-term relationship with the school, the dedication we see from the career services staff, and many of our current interns, employees, and managers who are alumni,” Fligg said.
“Some students don’t have $200 to spend on a suit to go for a job interview. To know that they will be able to come to the Career Closet at USC Upstate and pick out a suit, a dress, a belt, a tie allows them to be able to walk into that interview feeling good about themselves and feeling confident in who they are.”
Walker said he, too, is a big believer in paying it forward.
“It’s wonderful to be able to give back to the area that we serve and to my University,” he said. “Maybe one day the students who are picking up clothing here will have the ability to give back in the same way that someone gave to them.”
This is the third donation Enterprise has made since the Career Closet opened in 2015.
The Career Closet accepts gently used clothing items and professional accessories. Currently, there is a need for women’s suits, blazers, slacks.
For more information about the Career Closet, contact Sherry McAdams at 503-5393 or SMCADAMS@uscupstate.edu.
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