September 20, 2010

Owens Community College Hosts DECA Fall Frenzy, Sept. 24

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Students from eight area high schools will showcase their knowledge and skills in marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship as they compete in the DECA Fall Frenzy as part of a collaborative effort between Owens Community College and Penta Career Center. The event will take place at Owens on Friday, Sept. 24.

DECA Fall Frenzy will occur from 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is excited to once again partner with Penta Career Center and host an event dedicated to enhancing student skills related to careers within the business field,” said Jennifer Irelan, Owens Director of Enrollment Services.

DECA, which stands for “Distributive Education Clubs of America”, is a national organization dedicated to enhancing educational and career opportunities for high school and college students within the areas of marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Since its founding in 1946, DECA has remained on the cutting edge of educational innovation, working with the business community to integrate academic achievement with career and technical skills. Each year the organization’s scholarship program awards over $250,000 in financial assistance to students, which are generated from more than 50 corporations.

Throughout the day, students will be faced with various real-world business scenarios in which they will have to provide explanations on how to effectively manage the situation. Such role-play scenarios will include apparel and accessories, business services, food marketing, marketing management, full-serve restaurant, quick-serve restaurant, retail merchandising, and vehicles and petroleum. In addition, participants will make presentations in the areas of hospitality, finance, sports, travel and e-commerce. Students will also take a written examination and participate in activities that will test their interview skills.

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. The top five individuals will be honored based on judging of the team and series competitions.

Local high schools competing in the fall DECA competition include Anthony Wayne High School, Bowling Green High School, Springfield High School, Maumee High School, Penta Career Center, Oak Harbor High School, Perrysburg High School and Rossford High School.

Owens’ School of Business and Information Systems provides educational opportunities in a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, preparing students for careers in such areas as accounting, international business, marketing and sales, information systems, and office administration, among other career fields.

Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit