By student ambassador and business administration student Katie Heisler with Phil Handrick and Nora Craven
DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a not-for-profit association “that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.” DECA has chapters locally throughout the United States, and is a great way to gain knowledge and experience in a variety of field.
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 like role playing. DECA has such 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 Globe University-Wausau accounting, business, criminal justice, paralegal and information technology students in the ABC (pi) Club found a way to make a difference. Five students and an instructor from Globe University-Wausau recently had the amazing opportunity to judge these talented high school students at the regional competition in Wisconsin Rapids. This group included Katie Syring (criminal justice), Richard Grosskreutz (criminal justice), Tiffany Karlen (accounting), Khaab Moua (business administration), Katie Heisler (business administration), and Phil Handrick (business program chair and instructor). The ABC (pi) Club has participated in judging DECA competitions for four years, which also includes helping students at Mosinee High School practice for the competition.
“It still amazes me to see these talented high school students learn about these scenarios and be able to prepare a solution in ten minutes,” stated Katie Heisler, president of the ABC (pi) Club.
In one presentation, Katie Syring was able to draw on her work experience to relate to the product the speaker was presenting about. She said, “This was a reversal for me. Usually, I am able to take what I learned in class to my workplace. This time, my work experience applied to my school experience. I love seeing these the connections between these two parts of my life coming together this way.”
The state competition for DECA will be March 10 and 11 in Lake Geneva, and the ABC (pi) Club plans to be there. “We are always looking for volunteers that would like to come and prepare our future business leaders of the world,” Tiffany Karlen, vice president of ABC (pi) Club, said.