A team of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students participated in the Black Voices Foundation 2013 National Case Study Competition. For the second year, UAPB topped a list of national minority institutions chosen as finalists. This year, UAPB placed second in the finals against California State University-San Bernardino. Melvin Clayton, a junior majoring in English from Pine Bluff, AR; Eric Williamson, a sophomore majoring in English Education from Memphis, TN and Payton Parker, a sophomore majoring in Business Management from Merrillville, IN; participated in the case study.
The teams were given the task of exploring what graduates look for in employers and to develop a creative and diverse strategy on how employers can attract and retain graduates. This competition allowed the students to test their critical thinking skills, creativity, resourcefulness and teamwork capabilities. The Office of Career Services works one-on-one with students to develop these and other soft skills needed to be well rounded in the workplace upon graduation.
The Case Study Advisor, Yulanda Riley, is Project Specialist/Career Coach in the Office of Career Services. Riley is coordinating a project to “Increase Retention through Career Preparation” which is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education, Institutional Services Program (Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program).
Students that are interested in learning more about the services that are offered should visit the Office of Career Services located in Caldwell Hall, Suite 202 or call (870) 575-8461.