Friday, May 20, 2016

International Career Development with DECA

 Guest Bloggers:
John Zimmerman, Parker High School DECA Advisor and
Melissa Ellis, Craig High School DECA Advisor

The Parker and Craig DECA Chapters have recently returned from the 71st annual International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 17,000 DECA members, advisors, and business sponsors gathered for this conference. Participants tested their skills in different business and marketing competencies, shared their work and school experiences, and celebrated student accomplishments.

Seven Parker and four Craig DECA members attended the conference. While there, they participated in business role-plays, interviews, market research presentations, written marketing exams, and written economic exams. All DECA events, whether at the local, state, and international level, rely on business support and corporate professionals to be able to provide a valuable experience to DECA participants. The Parker and Craig DECA Chapters would like to thank the local businesses for their financial support.

Parker High School DECA International Qualifiers
Parker DECA was well represented by:
  • Jessie Lobrano and Emily Feirer - Buying and Merchandising Operations Research Event;
  • Claire Timm - Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Event;
  • Michael Henry - Retail Merchandising;
  • Carly Treinen - Business Management; and
  • Ian Brown and Bree Porter - Financial Services.

Craig High School DECA International Qualifiers
Craig DECA was well represented by:
  • Alyssa and Coby Brault - Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Event; and
  • Max Rammer and Joey Spoden - Buying and Merchandising Operation Research Event.

The students were able to network with more than 80 exhibitors representing businesses and colleges. The students participated in different activities outside of their competitive events by attending a Nashville Sounds baseball game and visiting the Opryland facilities. All of our students represented Parker and Craig High Schools, and Janesville, with the greatest of integrity and professionalism.

“The opportunity to compete at the International level was exciting. It is something I will never forget. It was great to meet and network with students from all over the world,” said competitor Claire Timm.
“Going to Nashville was a once in a life-time experience for me. It was really cool to see how the different levels of competition are run, as well as seeing other projects fellow DECA members created. My twin brother was my partner, and it was awesome for both of us to be able to see what real life business scenarios are like, as we both have always had an interest in business,” said competitor Alyssa Brault.

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