DECA Student Trip Support
What is DECA?
The international organization DECA (https://www.deca.org/college-programs/international-career-development-conference-college/) operates at both the high school and college level. Their mission is prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. To that end, DECA provides instructional/experiential learning for the classroom as well as holding annual conferences. Collegiate DECA provides opportunities for both personal and professional growth through leadership development, community involvement and competitive events. Just last week, the WVU Collegiate DECA Chapter held a mock competition to WV high school students to help them prepare for their state competition.
DECA at WVU:
There are about 15,000 college student members from 250 campuses across the world who belong to DECA. The WVU Collegiate Chapter began in 2015 and has grown to about 40 members. Part of the Collegiate DECA experience is an annual conference. These conferences help provide members with unique access to internships, scholarships and professional networking. In addition, the conference features a case style competition. Students compete for top honors in 24 separate categories represent the various business disciplines such as accounting, finance, HR and marketing. The current DECA Collegiate Chapter President, Amy Toscano (supply chain major) was a finalist in her freshman year (among 2,000 competitors)!
The experiences students gain from DECA will last a lifetime. As DECA member Ashley Berryhill (junior marketing major) said it best: I am so much more prepared to pursue my dream job in marketing, thanks to DECA.”
Meet the Team:
The 2018 Collegiate DECA conference occurs in Washington DC and given its proximity to WVU, have a goal to invite 10 students on the trip. The students compete either singly or in teams of two. The students who are traveling and their competitive category is as follows:
Ashley Berryhill and Eryn Fleming- Advertising Campaign
Jose Cobena-Emerging Technology
Kirsten Gabbett & Lydia Rose-Hospitality and Tourism
Rena Kobelak and Amy Toscano-Advertising Campaign
Paige Weinblum-Hospitality and Tourism
Trevor Withrow-Financial Services
Allison Zalesky-Advertising Campaign
How you can help:
The cost to take 10 students to the conference is estimated to be $5,500. We are turning to B&E alumni and friends for their continued support to help defray the cost for valuable trips like these. Please consider making a donation at one of our giving levels to the right of your screen.
Thank you in advance for your support!