Inver Students Advance to DECA ICDC

Eight are finalists at DECA Career Development Conference

Eight students from Inver Hills Community College competed at the Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference (CDC) Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, 2014, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn. All eight—Ben Hall, Bryan Cervantes, Nathan Shine, Beatriz Olivares, Aubrie Riste, Sarah Burke, Taylor Garay and Chris Taylor—progressed to the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) as finalists in the following areas:

  • Banking Financial Services
  • Business Ethics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance Academy Challenge
  • Management Academy Challenge

deca-nextYohannes Agegnehu, an instructor in the Business department at Inver Hills, serves as faculty advisor to the college’s DECA Student Club. Agegnehu has accompanied students to the Collegiate DECA CDC on two previous occasions.
“I am so excited and happy for our students,” he said. “All our participants advanced to the competitions at the DECA International Career Development Conference 2014, which takes place April 22 through 27 in Washington, D.C.”
Ben Hall took first place in Banking Financial Services. Hall also placed first in the group competition, Finance Academy Challenge.  Beatriz Olivares, Aubrie Riste, Nathan Shine and Bryan Cervantes placed first in the group competition, Management Academy Challenge. Sarah Burke was a finalist in Human Resources Management; Taylor Garay and Chris Taylor were finalists in the group competition, Business Ethics.
“One of the main goals of DECA is to prepare students for careers by integrating skills learned in the classroom into real-world experiences,” Yohannes Agegnehu said. “The DECA Competition we hosted here at IHCC during Student Success Day and the Regional DECA Competition in Mankato realized that goal and even more. All participants were able to connect with professionals through a three-hour Networking Event organized by T-Mobile during the Career Development Conference in Mankato.”

What is Collegiate DECA?

deca4Collegiate DECA is a student driven organization that values competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. We prepare students for careers by integrating skills learned in the classroom into real world experiences.
Collegiate DECA programs assist in developing academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. Our students major in a variety of academic programs with a strong focus on business-related fields. Collegiate DECA conferences and other activities give students unique access to internships, scholarships, competition, and professional networking. Courtesy of the Collegiate DECA website

Top photo (left to right): Sarah Burke, Aubrie Riste, Nathan Shine, Bryan Cervantes, Beatriz Olivares, Taylor Garay, Chris Taylor and Ben Hall
Inset photo (left to right): Nathan Shine, Aubrie Riste, Beatriz Olivares and Bryan Cervantes

DECA at Inver Hills: “To provide students with opportunities to develop business skills, including project management, team work and networking. The club sponsors speakers on campus and participates in regional DECA debates.”

For more information about DECA at Inver Hills Community College, contact:

Yohannes Agegnehu
Business Instructor
DECA Faculty Advisor
Hamid Kazeroony
Business Instructor
DECA Faculty Advisor

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