Strong showing by GCU students in DECA event

March 08, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek
GCU News Bureau

Grand Canyon University students from the Collegiate DECA chapter earned two first-place finishes, two seconds and two thirds in the recent Arizona Career Development Conference at Arizona State University.

More than 100 students from eight Arizona colleges and universities participated in the event, which included 15 categories ranging from Accounting to Sports and Entertainment Marketing. GCU had 18 entrants compared to 15 last year, and these nine students qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) on April 19-22 at Anaheim, Calif.:

  • First place: Madeline Campbell and Breanna Stevens (Advertising Campaign), and Whitney Rossi (Hotel & Lodging)
  • Second place: Chris Hidalgo and Ashley Kellock (Business Ethics), and Karla Ramos-Aguayo (Human Resource Management)
  • Third place: Spencer Haber and McKenzie Shaver (Event Planning) and Sarah Johnson (Fashion & Merchandise Marketing)

Three other GCU students are eligible to attend ICDC, based on their performance at the Arizona conference.

“I am so proud of our students and their showing at the AZ state competition,” said Dr. Randy Gibb, dean of the Colangelo College of Business. “Analyzing business case studies and presenting business solutions is an invaluable skill for our students. We are grateful to have Professor Kelly Damron leading this student club and helping them prepare for their career. “

GCU also hosted a Toastmasters seminar for students who attended the event.

Contact Rick Vacek at (602) 639-8203 or [email protected].

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