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MCTC DECA Students are U.S. Champions in Washington D.C.

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Deca studentsStudents of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) business club, DECA, participated last week in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Washington, D.C. The team took second place of 41—second only to a Canadian team—in the Entrepreneurship Challenge competition, securing $1,000 in prize money along with significant bragging rights. The team also advanced to the second round of the Project Management Competition. Competing teams, mostly from four-year universities, came from across the country.

Competition in the conference is intense. The various challenges offer anywhere from 30 minutes to 48 hours to prepare and present a solution to a real-world problem. Participants in these challenges were required to both think on their feet and work through the night preparing proposals. The team’s advisor, Jason Cussler, believes in a hands-off approach. “DECA is supposed to be a student-driven organization. To be honest, I don’t want to mess things up. This group had a relentless work ethic, business savvy and a very real competitive spirit. They wanted to win.”

MCTC’s DECA Team Takes the Cake, Advances to International Competition

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
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MCTC DECA students Immanuel Jones, Monique Stewart and Elliot Schimming.

Last week, MCTC’s DECA team, a student-led club focusing on entrepreneurship and business topics that is open to students of all majors, participated in a state competition in Mankato. Of the three-student team, students won first-place awards in Business Ethics and Project Management, and second-place awards in Entrepreneurship in this incredibly competitive event. These performances by Immanuel Jones, Monique Stewart and Elliot Schimming qualified them for participation in an international competition in Washington D.C. in April.

“The students are looking forward to sharing with the MCTC community what the DECA experience has taught them,” said MCTC instructor and DECA advisor Jason Cussler. “They are also excited to compete in the international competition later this spring.”

MCTC Business Club Takes Home National Awards

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

DECA national award winnersDECA, a student-led business club at Minneapolis Community and Technical College open to all majors, took second and third place at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, California this April in the Business Law and Management Institute events. In February, they had to compete at the state level to qualify for ICDC.

MCTC congratulates the College’s 2013 DECA ICDC competitors: Zachary Barthel, Ayi Doumassy, Matthew Hatle, Errol Ilbuga, Randy Jacoway, Immanuel Jones, Ian Munson and Khadija Najibi.

MCTC’s DECA club competes in business competitions around the country, builds campus life and volunteers in the local community. They welcome new members from all majors. Contact the club’s advisor Jason L. Cussler with questions at