DECA Club Hones Students’ Business Skills

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students have the opportunity to build upon their business and life skills thanks to the school’s newly formed DECA Club, which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The group is preparing for its first competitive regional event, which will be held on Jan. 7 at Freeport High School.     
    
According to advisers Joe Lores and Donna Robbins, one area of competition tasks students with finding solutions to a problem on different topics, such as restaurant and food management and human resources management, while others focus on job interviews and public speaking. In all, 12 students will take part in individual and team challenges at the competition.
    
Throughout the preparation process, Lores and Robbins have provided students with tips on how to be successful at the event, such as dress code guidelines, the top 10 DECA interview questions and informational packets on each area of competition. Club members have also learned to formulate resumes and practiced public speaking techniques.
    
“The students are gaining important life skills,” Robbins said. “Whether it’s in college or in the workforce, they will need to know how to conduct themselves to be successful.”  
    
Lores expressed his gratitude to Assistant Principal James DeTommaso for spearheading the club and making it a reality for students.