Fremont, Calif.–January 31, 2017–Irvington DECA officers Jasmine Tong-Seely, Kevin Mao, Sam Moturi, and Vishaank Ghai appeared on the Fremont Unified School District’s “Community Conversations” show in light of the organization’s recent success at the Northern California Career Development Conference. Co-hosted by K.K. Kaneshiro and Fremont Unified School District superintendent Dr. Jim Morris, the show seeks to highlight exceptional achievements from students within the local school district.
Discussing the significance of DECA and its ability to provide members with networking opportunities, leadership development, and business skills, Irvington DECA representatives were able to engage with the school district and local community, attracting more attention to the organization and its benefits and opportunities. The show touched upon the recent successes and achievements of the chapter as well as the opportunities for future personal growth provided by DECA.
Impressed by the achievements of the chapter, Dr. Jim Morris remarked, “This Irvington group is our powerhouse”. Furthermore, the superintendent touched upon DECA’s ability to prepare members for the future, stating, “not only do they learn that specific technical skill, but it’s really the soft skills that [employers are looking for]”.
Career Technical Education (CTE) was also an important topic discussed on the show. Noting Irvington DECA’s role as the leader of the CTE advocacy effort in the school district, Dr. Jim Morris also stated, “These students really stepped up as advocates for other students about the value of DECA”. Irvington’s lobbying efforts included outreach to politicians as well as organizing a district-wide testimony at a school board meeting last year involving current members and alumni, eventually resulting in the widespread implementation of CTE courses within the school district.
Irvington DECA’s appearance on Community Conversations provided an opportunity to further raise awareness within the local community, promoting DECA’s ability to equip students with the skills and connections to develop into successful leaders and entrepreneurs in the future. The rendition was released to the public domain on February 3 online as well as on the local Fremont Unified School District channel 26.
The link to the full show segment can be found here: https://vimeo.com/202426159.
About Irvington DECA
Irvington DECA is a Career and Technical Student Organization of over 100 members. Irvington DECA works to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in four fields of business: marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business, and promotes competition in order to prepare the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.
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Kevin Mao, Director of Entrepreneurship