Grant Money, Partnership Will Help to Start Career Closet at USC Upstate

June 23, 2015 at 10:29 am
Pictured from left are Blake Bensch, manager trainee at Enterprise, John Montemayor from USC Upstate and Melanie Griffin ‘12, assistant manager for Enterprise Mauldin branch.

Pictured from left are Blake Bensch, manager trainee at Enterprise, John Montemayor from USC Upstate and Melanie Griffin ‘12, assistant manager for Enterprise Mauldin branch.

The University of South Carolina Upstate Career Services office is excited to begin an on-campus program dedicated to providing professional attire for students and alumni who are preparing to enter the workplace.

Through a donation from Enterprise and partnership with Master’s Mark Dry Cleaning, the Career Closet is expected to open during the fall 2015 semester and will provide clothing items to USC Upstate students and alumni who are interviewing for jobs, internships, attending career fairs, or entering the workforce.

“I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve brought a tie in to give to a student who was going to a job interview the next day,” said John Montemayor, Career Services coordinator at USC Upstate.

USC Upstate Career Services received a $2,500 grant from Enterprise that will be used to convert an office space into a boutique-style storefront.

“Sometimes it’s a challenge for students and alumni to be able to put together a full suit for the first interview. This offers them a place where they can pick up the items they need without having to spend any money.”

Once items are obtained through the career closet, students will receive a voucher for 50 percent off of alterations, shoe repair and dry cleaning at any of Master’s Mark’s locations in Spartanburg and Duncan.

Master’s Mark was kind enough to offer their services as a donation site for clothing items for the career closet. Master’s Mark will also clean all donations made at their locations before delivering them to the University.

The USC Upstate Careeer Services office is excited to be able to offer the many benefits of the Career Closet to our students and alumni. The Career Services office would like to acknowledge Enterprise and Master’s Mark for their generous donations and their willingness to assist the Career Services office with making this venture a reality. Without their financial support and generosity, this invaluable service to our students and alumni would not be possible.

The Career Closet is located in Library 242 and will begin accepting gently used clothing items and professional accessories in July. Items needed include men’s and women’s suits and blazers, slacks, ties, polo shirts, dress shirts, blouses, jackets, shoes, belts and business portfolios.

For more information, contact John Montemayor at (864) 503-5124 or jmontemayor@uscupstate.edu.

To make a monetary donation to the Career Closet, please contact Bea Walters Smith, director of USC Upstate Development and Foundation Scholarships, at bwsmith@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5235.