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SIFE WINS REGIONALS

Thursday, April 17, 2008   (0 Comments)
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The Seward County Community College Students in Free Enterprise team won the 2008 Regional Competition in Seattle, Washington, competing only against university teams. The team will compete at nationals in Chicago in May. Team members included Joe Walter and Quinton Bartel, both of Turpin, Okla.; Clarissa Arteaga of Tyrone, Okla.; Heather Zerr of Ulysses; and Johnette Schwab, Jazmin Hernandez, Olian Thompson, Collin Fisher, Amber Bond, Savannah Salley, Vicky Galan, Alex Almanza and Yessenia Pacheco, all of Liberal. For the regional competition, the SCCC team presented both an oral PowerPoint presentation and a written annual report of its projects to 33 judges, who represented corporate officers and recruiters from many of the different SIFE corporate sponsors. The SIFE team has embarked upon several new projects this year, said advisor Kim Thomas. Three of those projects were presented to our judges along with two continuing projects. The first of the three newly implemented projects included Entrepreneurship Workshops, which were conducted with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. The workshops included PowerPoint presentations on how to build a business plan, the first financial year and taxes and creating chatter in the area of marketing. Each of these workshops was offered in both English and Spanish. In the second project, the SIFE team joined forces with the fair board to implement changes to our Seward County Five State Free fair. Students helped review, revamp and reorganize the fair. In addition, they sold fair board ads and booths. The last new project was a market economic venture. The team helped teach a small village in Haiti the fundamental concepts of market economics. We introduced them to a new form of irrigation, which allowed the community to put a community garden into place. Other projects for the year were projects with sustainability because they were continuing projects. For the past four years the team has presented success skill workshops to the college’s Colvin Adult Learning Center. The presentations were presented in both English and Spanish to help accomplish the goal of training the students’ fundamental workforce skills. The seminars included how to dress for success, how to build a resumé and how to interview effectively. “We were pleased with the attendance and the positive feedback we received,” Thomas said. “Next, we presented to Southwestern Heights high school students for the third consecutive year. Our presentation was an interactive business ethics seminar. Our business advisory board provided us with positive feedback concerning these seminars, which inspired us to continue them and also encouraged us to expand our audience. We have plans of expanding into other high schools with the project.” Finally, the SIFE team places a lot of emphasis on sustaining its own growth. Students are fortunate to have book scholarships provided through the SCCC Development Foundation, which helps in recruiting. In addition, students participate in numerous campus recruiting activities.

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