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Published 9/23/2005

Owens Community College Hosts
Fall DECA Competition, Sept. 30

Approximately 300 high school students will showcase their knowledge and skills in marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship as they compete in a Fall DECA Competition, hosted by Owens Community College. The event will take place on Friday, September 30.

The Fall DECA Competition will occur from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center, Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center, and the Audio/Visual Classroom Center on Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo.

“Owens Community College is excited to host an event dedicated to enhancing student skills related to careers within the business field,” said Jennifer Irelan, Owens assistant director of Enrollment Services. “I expect each participating student to display a high level of knowledge about marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship, which will make for a very exciting day of competition.”

DECA, which stands for “Distributive Education Clubs of America,” is a national organization dedicated to enhancing educational and career opportunities for high school and college students within the areas of marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Since its founding in 1946, DECA has remained on the cutting edge of educational innovation, working with the business community to integrate academic achievement with career and technical skills. Each year the organization’s scholarship program awards over $250,000 in scholarships to students, which are generated from more than 50 corporations.

Throughout the day, students will be faced with various real-world business scenarios in which they will have to provide explanations on how to effectively manage the situation. Such role-play scenarios will include apparel and accessories, business services, food marketing, marketing management, full-serve restaurant, quick-serve restaurant, retail merchandising, and vehicles and petroleum. In addition, participants will make presentations in the areas of hospitality, finance, sports, travel and e-commerce. Students will also take a written examination and participate several other activities.

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. Individuals will be honored based on judging of the team and series competitions.

Local high schools competing in the Fall DECA Competition include Anthony Wayne High School, Bowling Green High School, Defiance High School, Napoleon High School, Oak Harbor High School, Springfield High School, Start High School, Sylvania Northview High School and Sylvania Southview High School.

For more information on Owens’ Fall DECA Competition, call (567) 661-7188 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7188.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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