CAC Business Club travels to nation’s capital to participate in annual DECA international career conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Central Arizona College Business Club sent seven students to the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, April 22-27. Joining CAC's septet were students from all over the United States, Canada, South America and Guam.
The participants spent part of their time exploring our nation's capital, including a twilight tour of the monuments. On the second day, the students prepared for their competitions by attending briefing sessions on what to expect and workshops to improve their skills.
For the next two days, students engaged in competition and an awards ceremony was held on the conference's final evening. Many students found the competitions were a great learning experience, commenting on how they were able to apply the things they were learning in class to those competitions. Students also found feedback from the competitions' judges to be most valuable.
"The best part of the conference was [having] the opportunity to network with future leaders and businesses that are actively seeking the leaders of tomorrow," says Sean Kolder (Casa Grande/Vista Grande HS). "I [also] had the ability to speak with businesses professionals who are area experts in a wide range of business fields, and with their feedback and knowledge I was able to better understand my strengths and weaknesses."
CAC's delegates spent time with other Arizona DECA members and made new friends with delegates from across the country and around the globe.
DECA is organized into two unique student divisions each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 190,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division (formerly known as Delta Epsilon Chi) includes over 15,000 members in 200 colleges and universities.
DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state and international departments of education authorize DECA's programs.
The CAC students who traveled and participated in the conference included:
Mark Creech (Casa Grande/Evansville Central (Ind.) HS)
Luis Calderon (Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico/Catholic University of Culiacan)
Sierra Evans (Palmer, Alaska/Colony (Alaska) HS)
Emily Mathieson (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park HS)
Amanda Morrison (Hendersonville, N.C./East Henderson HS)
Timothy Wickert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation (Fla.) HS)