Potomac State students compete at International Conference

DECA

Students (l-r) Students Lyndasia Jones, Curtis Kendle and Marquest Brice, members of the Collegiate DECA Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, attended and competed in the 2015 DECA International Career Development Conference which was held this past spring in Orlando, Fla.

Students Marquest Brice, Lyndasia Jones and Curtis Kendle, members of the Collegiate DECA Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, attended and participated in the 2015 International Career Development Conference which was held this past spring in Orlando, Fla.

While there, the group attended workshops based on their category of competition.  They also attended a job fair where they were able to speak with representatives from various companies. 

Brice, a multi-disciplinary studies major from Gastonia, N.C. and Kendle, a pre-occupational therapy major from Smithsburg, Md., created a business plan for a rehab facility that uses philosophical concepts to cure people of drug addictions as their area of competition in the category of Entrepreneurship – Starting a Business. 

Jones, a business administration major from New Castle, Del., competed in the Marketing Management category which involved a case study where she was given a scenario and had only 30 minutes to prepare a solution and present it to the judges.    

Instructor Jayne Gilbert, who also serves as the Club’s advisor, accompanied the students to the conference and indicated that the students performed very well.  “In addition to meeting many students from the U.S. and abroad, they also had the opportunity to participate in other activities as well,” said Gilbert, referring to participation in the DECA/Muscular Dystrophy Association Fun Walk that she and Jones took part in.

“I would also like to thank the Student Government Association at Potomac State, as well as First United Bank and the law firm of Staggers & Staggers, both from Keyser, for sponsoring our students so they could attend this conference.  What they learn here is beneficial for them as students and as young professionals once they enter the workforce,” added Gilbert.