Meridian Community College students in the Marketing Management Technology Program and the Culinary Arts Technology and Hospitality Management Technology Program brought home three first place awards from the statewide level competition when they participated in the Mississippi Collegiate DECA 2019 Career Development Conference.
Overall, MCCers garnered some 11 awards from the contest. The top six winners from each event are eligible to compete at the International Career Development Conference in April in Orlando, Fla.
“This conference and competition are very beneficial for students because it gives them a chance to apply their skills and textbook knowledge in real life situations,” said Sandy Clark, MCC Marketing Management Technology Program coordinator and instructor.
“It really helps prepare them for the workforce,” she added.
Kalee McBride, Culinary Arts Technology Instructor, echoed the sentiments. “This event allows them to gain real world experience, receive constructive criticism from true professionals in their field of study all while creating a valuable network between their peers. All of my students who have participated in the past not only enjoyed the experience, but they also received valuable insight on how things are going to work when they get out of school,” McBride said.
In the Marketing Management division, Parker Manley and Wes Pilgrim won first in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Caleb Collie and Baylee Bible also took the first place in the Advertising Campaign category. Chris Cotton garnered a fourth-place spot in Marketing Communications and MyLyndie Bell also earned a fourth-place nod for Human Resource Management.
Students from the Hospitality Management Technology and Culinary Arts Technology, also earned accolades from the contest.
Culinary Program students LaRobert Tisdale, Kelsie Dixon and Marquees Boose, received the first place in the Culinary Skills Division as Culinary Team winenrs.
Bryce Essix and Zion Turner garnered a fourth-place spot for Sports Advertising Case Study event. Taking a third place in Business Ethic Case Studies event were Berenice Rodriguez and
Kelsie Dixon. Keivon Watts won a sixth place for Hotel and Lodging Case Studies category; La Robert Tisdale won second in the Hotel and Restaurant Management category; Shelena Pace won second in Business Entrepreneurship and Human Resources Management categories.
In addition, Pace was elected Mississippi DECA vice president.
Collegiate DECA is a national organization with the purpose of preparing college students for a variety of career areas, with an emphasis in the areas of marketing, management, merchandising and entrepreneurship. Mississippi Collegiate DECA has a membership of more than 400 members from 19 chapters across the state.