RVTC students prepare for international DECA conference

Sue Dana, Madison Gould, Amelia Turner, Jordan Jackson, Aaliyah Sargent, Skye Frasier, Kaylee Norton, Olivia Ennen, and Gary Clay. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On March 8, 2019, eight students from the River Valley Technical Center Business and Financial Services Program attended the Vermont DECA conference in Burlington. The students competed in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Buying and Merchandising, and Principals of Marketing competitions. Students took home five medals earning seven of students the opportunity to compete in the DECA international Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“I wanted to participate in DECA to get out of my comfort zone,” said Madison Gould, a Business Foundations student.

The state DECA conference is an opportunity for students to spend the day practicing their communication skills and competing in marketing, sales, and business challenges with other students in DECA programs across Vermont. As a group, they also pitched a product in a Shark Tank scenario, competed in a balloon tower build, and saw a hypnotist.

“The event helped me to improve my communication skills,” said Olivia Ennen, a Business Foundations student.

Students have been organizing fundraisers since they found out they will be going to ICDC. The event costs between $1,000 and $1,200 for each student to attend the conference. Students will be holding a silent auction Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium at the River Valley Technical Center. There are many items to bid on including gift certificates, quilts, a case of bacon, and a half-cord of firewood. Please come to bid on these fantastic items and support these local students.

To learn more about the River Valley Technical Center, Business and Financial Services program, or how to support the students attending the International DECA conference, please visit www.rvtc.org or call 802-885-8300.

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