The Office of Career Services at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff recently formed a partnership with Highland Pellets to hire students for Cooperative Education and summer internship positions. Highland Pellets is a new company to the Pine Bluff area and officially began operation in the fall of 2016. Four students were interviewed for internship positions and Horace Jones from Pine Bluff, Arkansas was hired. Jones is a sophomore majoring in Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering.
Maurice Carlton, Job Developer in the Office of Career Services, is responsible for creating new partnership for Cooperative Education and summer internship experiences throughout the state of Arkansas. This position is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program. Carlton connected with Highland at the Jefferson County Manufacturer’s meeting through Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.
These experiences will provide students with the hands on experience needed to be marketable upon graduation. Highland Pellets plans to employ 68 people directly, and nearly 1,000 in indirect jobs in Jefferson County and surrounding communities.
The team of professionals available to assist students and employers are Shirley Cherry, Director; Tracy Knowlton, Assistant Director for Cooperative Education and Internships; Yulanda Riley, Education Counselor; and Oscar Fuller, Project Specialist/Career Coach. Students are encouraged by faculty and staff to register with Career Services in their freshman year. The office is located in Caldwell Hall, Suite 202. For more information, please call 870-575-8461 or visit their website at www.uapb.edu/cs .