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Central Defense Security Hosts Summer Interns from Memphis City Schools Print E-mail
August 8, 2013 – Central Defense Security (CDS), a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, hosted three high school students as interns from the 2013 Career Internship Program for four weeks. The program, which Memphis City Schools (now known as Shelby County Schools) has offered for four years, provided 350 juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore career interests and obtain knowledge of various occupations during the summer.

Central Defense Security’s three interns, recommended for the program by their principals and counselors, included Lorenzo Colbert Jr. from Whitehaven High School, Teuna Dotson from Hillcrest High School and Taurus Harvell from White Station High School.

“We had a great time getting to know Lorenzo, Teuna and Taurus this summer,” said Ken Moody, Director of Community Relations at CDS. “This internship program offers children a wonderful chance to experience the real world. Our staff enjoyed hosting these students and hope to mentor others through this program.”

During the internship, Colbert, Dotson and Harvell were exposed to the day-to-day operations at CDS, including the hiring process, the responsibilities associated with being a security guard and the importance of confidentiality. Specifically, they assisted with the distribution of job applications, visited guard locations, attended new hire orientations and helped file documents. All students participating in the 2013 program worked a maximum of 24 hours per week for four weeks and received stipends from a grant.

Joyce Mitchell, Director of High School Initiatives for Memphis City Schools, spearheaded the 2013 Career Internship Program. Mitchell worked with Andre Turner to identify and place students in businesses around the community.

“We’re so grateful for our community partners, like Central Defense Security, who stepped up to host students this summer,” said Turner, who is now an Operations Specialist for Shelby County Schools. “This program exposes our 16 to 18 year old students to a working environment and offers an opportunity to make connections with established professionals in our city.”

 
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