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Cleary DECA students qualify for international conference

Brett Rogers
Director of Marketing
800-686-1883 x.1558

(HOWELL, MI) Cleary University is proud to announce that 10 of its DECA students qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Austin, Texas in April. At a recent DECA State Career Development in Kalamazoo, 14 members of the Cleary DECA team competed against teams from across the state at the largest Michigan DECA competition in more than 35 years.

“Even with the highest number of competitors since 1986, the Cleary DECA team proudly showcased their spirit, courage, dedication, talent and finesse,” announces Kelly Genei, associate professor at Cleary who also oversees the DECA program.

Nearly 200 students from universities throughout Michigan competed in business role play scenarios where they solved business problems and presented their solutions to judges who are professionals in their industry.

Here are the 10 Cleary students who qualified for the international conference:

  • Sophia Coelho and Chelsea Hendra: Business to Business Marketing – 1st Place
  • Lance Wiltse and Caleb Buda: Sports Marketing – 1st Place
  • Matthew Radjewski: Entrepreneurship – Starting a Business – 2nd Place
  • Carson MacMillan: Advertising Campaign – 2nd Place
  • Ryan Davis and Emma Smith: Marketing Communications – top 6 finalists
  • Emma Nobels and Sarah Wessels – International Marketing – finalist

“This year, Cleary had many new DECA members, and they all represented our university exceptionally,” Genei points out. “Everybody on the team should be commended for their willingness to challenge themselves at this very competitive conference.”

DECA prepares college and high school emerging leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the world for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Its collegiate competitive events program allows students to test their experience, skills and knowledge while representing their university. They compete for top international honors in one of 25 different categories. Business and industrial leaders serve as judges for the competition.

Cleary University offers scholarships for DECA. To learn more about the program at Cleary and how you may qualify for a DECA scholarship, visit cleary.edu. If you would like to help support the Cleary DECA team, you can make a donation through this link: https://paybee.io/@mi@38

“At Cleary, we strive to offer our students every opportunity to succeed at the highest level by providing them with the resources to develop strong leadership skills as they pursue their career and life goals,” notes Jeremy Walker, vice president of Enrollment Management at Cleary University.

About Cleary University

Founded in 1883, Cleary University is a four-year, world-class accredited university, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees from a unique Business Arts curriculum, driven by a

faculty of thought leaders with deep, practical experience in their industries. Providing on-campus and online education models, Cleary provides a robust athletic program and a rich residence life with nearly 200 students living on the quiet, rolling 50-acre campus. Cleary graduates tend to land jobs faster than their peers and with higher earning salaries at the start of their careers.

Cleary University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a proud member of the HLC Standard Pathway, and an approved institution by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A nonprofit university, Cleary’s campus is located at 3750 Cleary Drive, Howell, MI 48843, (800) 686-1883 with an education center within the Durfee Innovation Society at 2470 Collingwood St., Detroit, MI 48206.

Cleary University:

  • Ranked #5 in the nation for best online business degree (University HQ)
  • Ranked #3 in Michigan for best average starting salary two years post-graduation (US Department of Education)
  • Ranked #5 in the entire country for its student debt ratio to starting salaries (Wall Street Journal)
  • Ranked ninth best university in the US for its MBA online leadership degree program (OnlineMastersDegrees.org)
  • Ranked #9 in Michigan for its MBA online degree program (OnlineMastersDegrees.org)
  • Ranked #15 in the US for its MBA online Human Resources program (OnlineMastersDegrees.org)
  • Named “Best for Vets College in 2022” by Military Times
  • Earned Gold Level Veteran-Friendly status two years in a row from The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for continued excellence in serving military-connected students in Michigan

To learn more about Cleary University, visit its website: https://cleary.edu