Four students become national finalists
Kirkwood Community College student leaders competed well in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in late April. Four students became national finalists in their individual events.
The Delta Epsilon Chi Association (DECA) club at Kirkwood includes students interested in marketing, management, finance, international business and entrepreneurship. DECA is the largest association of its kind in the country.
Charles Ayers (Chicago, IL) is a finalist in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Greg Clark (Urbana, IA) in Travel and Tourism, Mike Lawrence (Cedar Rapids, IA) in Website Design and Nicole Novak (Cedar Rapids, IA) in Advertising Campaign.
“This is truly an accomplishment for Kirkwood in that we compete at the same level with four-year colleges and universities,” said Kirkwood DECA Faculty Advisor Mark Abel. “To get to the finals is fantastic for two year colleges. It’s something we are very proud of.”
DECA students are provided the opportunity to participate in state and national business competitions, earn awards, perform community service and seek local, state and national office in the organization.
At Kirkwood’s annual awards banquet on April 20, DECA was named the college’s most active student organization.