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RCSJ DECA Students Compete in National Conference


Seven Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) students traveled to Chicago this November to compete at the national DECA ENGAGE Conference, with two earning first place titles.  Over 300 collegiate DECA members from 17 associations across the country journeyed to the “Windy City” over the weekend of November 21 – 23 to showcase their skills, learn from successful businesses and network with professionals.

Two first place title winners were our very own RCSJ students: Marla J. Hughes, an Arts and Sciences major, dominated in the Marketing and Merchandising category and Jose L. Caltzalco-Gutierrez, a Business Administration major, triumphed in the Hospitality and Tourism category.  Noteworthy performances were also delivered by Lauren Conn, Dylan C. Gager, Samuel O. Mensah, Mya C. Mills and Jeffrey A. Salamoni.

The DECA ENGAGE Conference is an exciting professional development experience where students participate in networking opportunities, career development seminars, case study challenges and in-depth industry tours – all of which enhance their own career goals and aspirations.  RCSJ students visited more than 20 businesses in downtown Chicago, including EMA Lettuce Entertain You, Men’s Warehouse and FoodMinds, along with attending a networking event at SPIN Chicago.  They appreciated the real world experience provided through seeing how businesses operate first-hand and interacting with the individuals from around the world who work for these businesses.  The participating students chronicled their experiences on Instagram, @RCSJDECA

The success of the RCSJ-Gloucester DECA club would not have been possible without tireless coaching and preparation from club advisors Professor Trace, Instructor Callaway and Instructor Morganti.  Professor Trace and Instructor Callaway chaperoned the trip, making this opportunity possible.

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