DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a not-for-profit association for business students. Its mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA has chapters locally throughout the United States. DECA is a great way to gain knowledge and experience in the fields of marketing, management and distribution.
One of the ways that DECA helps prepare students for their future careers is by holding competitive events in which students compete in various ways, including written exams and interactive components such as role playing. DECA has these events for high school students and college students. These competitions are not limited to students with a business focus, but are intended to help students become prepared to enter the professional world.
This is where the Globe University–Wausau campus Accounting and Business Club found a way to make a difference. For the third year, representatives from Globe-Wausau volunteered to judge portions of these competitions. It is a great way to help our local high school students get started on their journey to their eventual careers.
For some of the competing local high school students, their journey began in October, when the Mosinee High School held a practice session for their students, helping them gain experience for the upcoming regional and state competitions. The Globe University-Wausau Campus Accounting and Business (AB) Club members were there to assist with the judging.
The regional competition was held at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. There was a great turnout with high school kids participating in different categories. The three categories AB Club students judged were based on developing a health wellness program for a business that had over 500 employees, starting a social media policy and procedure for a company in which you work and how you would implement the plan, and the development and marketing of a new product.
The state competition was recently held in Lake Geneva, Wis. Once again, the AB Club members were present to provide their assistance with judging the event. At the state level, the competition “involved students in both a written and an interactive component with an industry professional judge during their competitive events. DECA members also attended Career Track Workshops during the three day conference” (www.wideca.org). This year’s competition had over 1,000 Wisconsin DECA members & advisors, and over 250 judges to assist with judging the events.
The AB Club would like to acknowledge and thank Rebecca Berndt, Deborah Feldbruegge, Katie Heisler, Tiffany Karlen and Phil Handrick for assisting with this year’s judging.
Written by Student Ambassador Deb Feldbruegge and Business Program Chair Phil Handrick