Shoreline’s Collegiate DECA team returned from the 2017 Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference held Feb. 23-25 in Bellevue, WA with a number of wins.
Of the 24 students representing Shoreline at this year’s conference, 13 students placed third or better. Twenty Shoreline participants qualified for the 2017 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) to be held in Anaheim, CA April 19-22. ICDC brings together nearly 1,000 Collegiate DECA members from colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and China to compete at the international level.
DECA has been active at Shoreline Community College since 1966. In the past couple years, the number of members has steadily grown and reached 44 this year. Most awards earned at the regional conference were earned by first-year DECA members! Shoreline students went head to head against students from Western Washington University, Gonzaga, Bellevue College, Spokane Community College, and Camosun College in Victoria B.C.
Top 3 Finalists:
Lauren Blue, 1st Place, Starting A Business
Mahira Adipura and Rexiati Dilimulati, 1st Place, Growing A Business
Rachel Degginger, 1st Place, Fashion
Evert Ableman, 2nd Place, Accounting
Kayla Holland, 2nd Place, Retail Management
Juan Chavez, 2nd Place, Sustainable Business
Rachel Degginger, Nick Pattaramekanon, Yanting Tang, 2nd Place, Advertising Campaign
Vianca Mandalica and Gary Wu, 3rd Place, Event Planning
Hae-Bin Bae, 3rd Place, Business Research
Top 5 Finalists:
Katya Maslova and Clarin Florentyna, Emerging Technologies
Cuong Nguyen, Restaurant Management
Juan Chavez and James Lee, Business Ethics
Khoa Nguyen and Juan Chavez, Business Research
Hae-Bin Bae, Human Resources Management
Faculty advisors for the students are Stephen McCloskey, Kyle Winslow, Matt Lothyan, and Ailsa Kellam. Kellam said of the team, “It is an honor to work with such a terrific group of students. Not only did they deliver their best at competition, they also performed community service and conducted fundraising on campus leading up to this event so they are truly student leaders.”
DECA is an international association of students interested in business careers. All Shoreline students are welcome as members of DECA, regardless of major. Watch for the Fall Kick-Off announcements around campus in September.