On Oct. 19 and 26, over 250 high school students from throughout Pennsylvania visited Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) for workshops on interview skills and resume building from DECA representatives. Faculty members from the textile design, fashion merchandising and management, architecture and business programs also gave presentations on innovation and design.
The students will use the skills learned to prepare for a Pennsylvania DECA competition in Hershey this February. Finalists in the competition will be eligible for Jefferson scholarships.
The University continues to have a strong relationship with DECA, which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, said Justin O’Pella, assistant dean for academic administration for the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. For example, high school students in the DECA program have judged projects at Nexus Maximus, sat in on fashion merchandising and management classes, and received hands-on learning in the textile space of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center.