According to the Minnesota Collegiate DECA’s website, “Collegiate DECA is a student driven organization that values competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.” The organization’s “…programs assist in developing academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.”
Recently, Minnesota School of Business-Elk River (MSB) celebrated the victories of two business students, Allisa Alleman and David Harvey, at the Collegiate DECA State Competition. This is a tremendous accomplishment and the campus is extremely proud of their success.
“My experience at DECA state was great,” said Alleman when asked about the event. “You get to meet many current business employees and owners. You get the opportunity to think quickly on your feet and get some great feedback that can help you out with your soft skills for future employment.”
Alleman was mentored by student Kelly Flannery, former President of MSB-Elk River DECA and current State Officer for Minnesota Collegiate DECA. Business program chair Brian Stewart also worked with Alleman and Harvey to prepare for the competition. Stewart is new to the DECA organization and has learned the ropes through his students. He is a huge fan of the organization and its mission.
“DECA is a great opportunity for the students to network and think on their feet,” said Stewart. He believes that is the main core behind the competitions in addition to helping the students to improve their public speaking and problem solving skills. The students’ involvement has also created additional opportunities in the area including being able to help with Hockey Day Minnesota, Shiver Elk River, etc.
Harvey also expressed his excitement after his success at the state competition by saying, “It was a lot of fun and it gave me a good idea of the talent that is out there. It was an experience I will remember forever and would recommend it for all students.”
What’s next for these two?
Alleman and Harvey both earned an opportunity to attend the National Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Washington, DC., April 23-26. Keep an eye out for updates about these students and results from the national competition.