About Mayville State University Collegiate DECA
During the first five years as an organization, MSU Collegiate DECA has had more than 60 members place at the North Dakota State competition, four students serve as state vice presidents, and 19 people place a international competition. Students have also been recognized nationally with both leadership awards and community service awards. MSU Collegiate DECA has also been fortunate to have each of its advisors. Rob Johnston and Dustin Olson, recognized as North Dakota State Advisor of the Year. This success carried over to this year, as 23 students competed as the state competition, qualifying 13 for the International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C. in April. Along with the success in competition, MSU Collegiate DECA has been active in the community, logging hundreds of hours of community service in things such as pumpkin painting with residents at the nursing home, campus and highway cleanup, raising scholarship funding for students, assisting the MSU Foundation with campus events, and much more.
Would you consider making a gift to MSU Collegiate DECA and assisting students who will attend the ICDC?
The Mayville State Collegiate DECA students are working to raise funds to attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which will be held April 19 to 22 in Anaheim, Calif. The ICDC is a culminating experience for many of the Collegiate DECA members. It provides them with the opportunity to participate in leadership development, receive recognition for their competitive achievements, and interact with nearly 2,000 students, advisors, and industry leaders from around the world.
Here's what will happen at the conference:
The conference kicks off with an exciting keynote speaker in the opening session, along with individual and chapter awards recognition. This is followed by seminars from industry leaders in each student's respective area of interest.
The students will compete for international honors in one competitive event in which hundreds of business and industry people serve as judges. The basic idea is that each student or student team is given a case study or scenerio specific to their area of competition. They must then provide their judge with a solution to the scenerio. Students are graded on presentation skills, as well as business acumen. Some of the areas of competition include business management and administration, communications and technology, entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, hospitality and tourism, and marketing. In addition to these categories, there are additional events in the Culinary and Management Academies, wherein students compete in various competitions separate from other competitions.
The conference then ends with the Grand Awards Ceremony recognizing the top 10 finalists, as well as the first, second, and third place winners for each event.
Mayville State University has been very successful at ICDC the past four years. Nineteen students have placed in the top 10 or higher, with eight of those finishing in first, second, and third places.