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Meet Emily Dzaitlik: Collegiate DECA Vice President

By Curtis Youngman, Professor of Marketing at Salt Lake Community College, and State Advisor of Utah Collegiate DECA

Emily Dzaitlik is a recent example of a how participation in the Concurrent Enrollment program, along with involvement in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) leads to high school and college success. During a visit to Jordan High School, I met Emily when she was a senior. That year, Emily was president of the Jordan High School DECA Organization.

DECA involvement prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Emily had participated in Fall Leadership Conferences, State and International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and many community and campus service activities. She saw first-hand the value of leadership opportunities and the competitive nature of the business world.

That following year, after high school graduation, Emily was chosen as the Collegiate DECA State Vice President for Communication. She was a key player on the state leadership team, she effectively communicated with advisors, chartered leadership teams and the business community. Emily’s competitive nature rose again as she entered the Advertising Campaign Event and placed 1st in state and 2nd at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Being a state leader was not enough for Emily. While at the ICDC in Orlando she ran for an International position, and was selected to be one of the five student leaders representing the total international delegation. She has been a valued player with the national student officer team. It is exciting to watch! Seeing Emily step into positions that spur team building activities and critical thinking, and then displaying her leadership skills to others or delegating assignments and ensuring that the individual understand, shows the skills Emily has developed through her educational training.

What a journey Emily has been on! One of her key points is to make sure the 2012 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) is a very memorable and successful DECA experience for the 1,500-1,600 students who attend the conference on April 21-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Utah’s educational experiences help our students grow and prepare for successful careers. Yes, the CTE program is showing that direct connection between high school and the smooth transition to post-secondary education and careers. Emily’s transition could not have been any smoother. The challenging and rigorous training from Concurrent Enrollment provides experiential activities that assist students in their future opportunities. The key training that DECA and Collegiate DECA offers our students ties the training together and prepares students for their future.

There is a great need for students to engage in Career and Technical Education programs, and in Concurrent Enrollment to help them progress in career training and degree offerings; the value that the CTSO‘s provide to make a positive difference in the lives of our students. Bringing all of those skills into a complete and successful package is why we are all in the educational field.

CTE programs integrate student leadership elements; it compliments student participation in these course programs. CTE – A working educational program; let’s continue enhancing the results it offers.

Read about Concurrent Enrollment at Salt Lake Community College.

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