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Marketing students excel at LRSC

By   Erin Wood

November is National DECA month. DECA – An Association of Marketing Students– is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing.

At Lake Region State College, DECA students are always on the move. 

“Being involved in DECA gives us opportunities to polish our presentation skills and give us opportunity to practice real world scenarios,” said Brooke Darling, a sophomore at LRSC involved in DECA.

“DECA has helped build my work and communication skills and it has also built up my confidence so I am not afraid to present my ideas or give my opinion on ideas. For the career I am pursuing DECA has helped teach me how to present/sell my ideas to consumers,” she added.

Marketing instructor and DECA advisor Cindy Brown said that Lake Region State College has an active collegiate DECA chapter that has been busy conducting professional development, community service projects, and preparing for state, regional, and national competitions.  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. 

“Being involved in DECA gives students an opportunity to expand work skills that enhance experience when applying for that first professional job. Our students have been active on campus and in the community in a variety of activities along with preparing for competitions,” Brown said.

This fall alone, LRSC DECA students have participated in the following events:
North Dakota Fall Leadership Conference
Project Ignite Light – where LRSC students helped make blankets for young children
LRSC’s Key Event
Community Yard Work
Lake Region Rodeo 
Pizza Ranch Community Impact Night
Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast

“DECA has helped out a lot with job interviews, since every competition we enter we have to pitch our ideas to a judge and when we're in a job interview we are selling ourselves to the interviewer,” said Bryan Seals, LRSC DECA member.
Darling, Seals and another teammate, Brandon Tofte, competed in the DECA international competition last year and are hoping to make a return visit in 2015.

“What I like most about DECA is all the real life experience you gain from competitions both at the state and local level. I really enjoy networking with others from around the state and when we attend international competition I have the chance to network with other students and companies from around the nation,” Seals said.