The Office of Career Services at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff recently created a partnership with Highland Pellets, a new company at Jefferson Industrial Park.

The partnership will allow the company to hire students for Cooperative Education and summer internship positions.

Highland Pellets recently began manufacturing wood pellets for the European market.

Horace Jones from Pine Bluff has been hired as an intern. He was among four students interviewed for the positions. 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 internships throughout Arkansas.

Carlton’s 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 Manufacturers’ meeting through the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“These experiences will provide students with the hands-on experience needed to be marketable upon graduation,” a spokesman said in a news release. “Highland Pellets plans to employ 68 people directly, and nearly 1,000 in indirect jobs in Jefferson County and surrounding communities.”

Students are encouraged to register with Career Services in their freshman year. The office is located in Caldwell Hall, Suite 202, at UAPB.

UAPB Career Services office includes Shirley Cherry, director; Tracy Knowlton, assistant director for cooperative education and internships; Yulanda Riley, education counselor; and Oscar Fuller, project specialist/career coach.

Details: 870-575-8461 or .