By Guest Writer: Business Program Chair, Nikki McCutcheon
Broadview University’s Layton campus has several student organizations. But when most people hear the phrase “student organization,” their first thought centers on the major universities of the United States. It generally brings to mind visions of fraternities, sororities and student government. One rarely equates a student organization with career or technical schools. What most people are missing in that equation are the benefits student organizations provide.
Broadview University-Layton has a massage club. We have a SCNAVTA (Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America) chapter. However I am most proud, as I should be, of the group I advise. I am the advisor for Broadview Layton’s Collegiate DECA charter.
According to Collegiate DECA (2012), “DECA enhances a student’s education through a comprehensive learning program that integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business, and promotes competition. DECA’s activities assist in the development of academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.”
Our group is small, but mighty. In the past year, we have had eight students qualify for international competition, where one of our students placed fourth in the area of Business Research.
I am proud of my charter’s accomplishments within the competitive arena, but I am also proud of the strides and efforts they have made professionally. Each of our charter members has developed new skills and honed and enhanced existing skills over the past year. Each member has had the chance to learn how to network. They have been given opportunities to meet with business leaders from all over the United States. They have had the chance to discuss business, leadership, and the direction of global business with these leaders, educators and mentors.
The beauty of my charter is that not all of my students are in my business program. We come from all walks of life: veterinary technology, accounting, information technology, paralegal studies, business, and criminal justice. DECA has provided the opportunity to grow through the challenges of teamwork and competition.
If you’re interested in learning more about DECA, yourself, or your opportunities, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All active students are welcome and encouraged to inquire.