Issue 522: 12 / 16 / 2013

Southwest Hosts Its First Career and Community Connections Luncheon

Dean Mike Stephens (standing right ...

Dean Mike Stephens (standing right) engages in conversation with members of the business community following presentations at Southwest's Career and Community Connections Luncheon.

Southwest pulled together businesses and organizations from the Memphis community recently to attend the college’s first Career and Community Connections Luncheon. “The purpose of the event was to make local companies and organizations aware of the programs and training Southwest has to offer,” said Recruitment Counselor Shawn Carter, one of the event's organizers.

As many as 18 companies were in attendance, including local giants like International Paper, Regions Bank, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Federal Express, Jabil, and St. Jude, to name a few.

Following a welcome from Southwest President Nathan Essex; Executive Director of Workforce Development John Churchill, Dean of Career Studies Mike Stephens, Executive Director of Extended Programs Harry Taylor, and Director of Career Services Brenda Williams, respectively, provided information regarding programs under their purview. Director of Recruitment Vanessa Dowdy and Carter gave closing remarks.

“The guests loved the interaction with Southwest’s staff and said that the session was very informative. … A couple of companies reached out to Career Services to inform the department of openings within their organizations. Southwest’s staff also discussed current and future partnerships with companies within the community,” Carter said, recapping the event.

View the Career and Community Connections Luncheon Photo Gallery.