Eleven University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students attended the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Annual Leadership Institute in Washington, DC, recently. Facilitated by the Office of Career Services, the award-winning institute is a national program intended to develop students’ leadership skills, create a community of scholars, provide companies access to a talented and diverse student population, and help students make connections that lead to careers.
The four-day conference prepared carefully selected students from the 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to compete in today’s global workforce. Students were given an opportunity to have the ultimate professional development experience; they were brought together with business executives from some of the nation’s leading companies for leadership training, career management and development, networking and recruitment opportunities. Students also had the opportunity to interview for internships, Cooperative Education and permanent job positions. The conference culminated with a recruitment fair where Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and graduate program representatives offer jobs, internships and continuing education opportunities.
Students that attended the Leadership Institute were: Mandie Haynes, Business Administration – Marketing, Pine Bluff, AR; Bria Harris, Industrial Technology Management & Applied Engineering, Little Rock, AR; Jamison Murry, Agriculture, Pine Bluff, AR; Unique Kilgore, Industrial Technology Management & Applied Engineering, Forrest City, AR; Shakema Haynes, Industrial Technology Management & Applied Engineering, Pine Bluff, AR; Corvante Dowdy, Industrial Technology Management & Applied Engineering, Lake Village, AR; JaLia Steward, Agriculture, Pine Bluff, AR; Morgan Ely, Agriculture, Pine Bluff, AR; Ruletta Street, Business Administration – Marketing, Detroit, MI; Tikel Davis, Industrial Technology Management & Applied Engineering, Pine Bluff, AR; and Rachel McAfee, Accounting, Pine Bluff, AR.
The students were accompanied by Tracy Knowlton, Assistant Director for Cooperative Education and Internships, and Oscar Fuller, Career Coach, from the Office of Career Services. Students interested in information about TMCF should contact Career Services at 870-575-8461 or visit Caldwell Hall, Suite 202 on UAPB’s campus.