UAPB students attend IOBSE conference

COLUMBUS, OH – Four University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students along with Mrs. Tracy Knowlton, Assistant Director for Cooperative Education and Internships recently attended the annual International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) conference.

Each student received a one year paid membership to the Loss Prevention Foundation. Dexter Lyles and Damarrius Thompson received scholarships for the complete Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) certification and Quinton Pugh received a $1500 tuition scholarship. Since partnering with IOBSE, four recent UAPB graduates are currently working in the security industry according to Shirley Cherry, Assistant Director of Career Services: Isaac Brown (Sears Holdings – Atlanta, GA); Janson Graves and Chelsa Savage (Walmart – Dallas, TX); and Ashley Simmons (Target – ST. Louis, MO).

IOBSE is a non-profit organization that was established in 1982 to provide a culture of education, mentorship and international networking among minority security professionals. In 2007, the vision of the organization was broadened to include training and mentorship for college students who are interested in the security industry.

The four day event provided opportunities for the students to network with security professionals from Gap, Inc., Limited Brands (the conference host), Ross Dress for Less, Sears Holdings and Walmart just to name a few. Students also participated in career development workshops, lectures by executives in the profession, and interviews for summer internships and permanent careers. The 2014 conference will be hosted by Ross Stores, Incorporated in Pleasanton, CA.

The Office of Career Services prepares students to make the transitions from college to the real world of work. Students are encouraged to register with the office in their freshman year to take full advantage of the services offered. For more information, visit them in Caldwell Hall, Suite 202 or by calling (870)575-8461.

Cutline for photo: (l-r) Criminal Justice majors Damarrius Thompson (sophomore); Quinton Pugh (junior); Bria Hudson (junior); and Dexter Lyles (senior) attended the annual International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) conference in Columbus, OH.


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