Vic­tory abroad

Grand Falls-Wind­sor col­lege stu­dents win busi­ness com­pe­ti­tion in Qatar

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

Three stu­dents from the Col­lege of the North At­lantic (CNA) in Grand Falls-Wind­sor have proven their prow­ess in aca­demics abroad.

Crys­tal Ford, Angie Brown and Tanya Fiz­zard bested nine other teams – eight lo­cal to the re­gion of Qatar – in a two-day com­pe­ti­tion at CNA’s Qatar cam­pus. The stu­dents re­ceived cer­tifi­cates but couldn’t bring the tro­phy home be­cause it was too big.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence was amaz­ing,” said Ford. “Cul­tur­ally and aca­dem­i­cally it was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my life. I learned so much and gained so much knowl­edge with re­gards to busi­ness and the aca­demic side, as well as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new cul­ture, which was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

Joan Pynn, cam­pus ad­min­is­tra­tor in Grand Falls-Wind­sor, ac­com­pa­nied the stu­dents to Qatar Feb. 13-19.

Each Novem­ber CNA in Grand Falls-Wind­sor hosts a pro­vin­cial busi­ness case com­pe­ti­tion for all cam­puses. The team that comes first goes to Qatar to com­pete in its busi­ness case com­pe­ti­tion. The team from Grand Falls-Wind­sor won the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion, stu­dents are pre­sented with a busi­ness case and given two and a half hours to solve the prob­lem and cre­ate an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan. Prob­lems could re­volve around fi­nance, hu­man re­sources or mar­ket­ing. The team then presents its find­ings to a panel of judges.

Pynn said her stu­dents were not only in­cred­i­ble am­bas­sadors for CNA, but also for their town and prov­ince. She said they brought the spirit of New­found­land with them to Qatar in the close com­pe­ti­tion, in which the they nar­rowly bested a team from Prince Phillip Drive cam­pus in St. John’s.

“Nei­ther one of my stu­dents had ever been there (Qatar) be­fore, so it’s a whole cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence, and the pre­sen­ta­tion and the cases – you’re in a dif­fer­ent cul­ture so the cases are a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. I have to say, I was very im­pressed with them.”

The trip and com­pe­ti­tion in Qatar be­came more than just aca­demics.

“They got to know a lot of the stu­dents from there,” Pynn said, in­clud­ing a group of first-year stu­dents from Qatar that the home team plans to coach via Skype for CNAQ’s re­gional com­pe­ti­tion in Qatar.

“My three girls are go­ing to work with them and help coach them as they get ready for their next com­pe­ti­tion. It’s a nice in­ter-cam­pus piece.”

Pynn knows the im­por­tance of op­por­tu­ni­ties such as th­ese and what they can mean pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally to com­pet­ing stu­dents.

“To be able to put (on a re­sume) that they are win­ners in an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness case com­pe­ti­tion, em­ploy­ers know what that means,” Pynn said.

The stu­dents not only flew home with a bol­stered re­sume, but with an un­der­stand­ing of a foreign cul­ture.

“Ab­so­lutely,” re­it­er­ated Ford. “It was ab­so­lutely great.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

(From left to right) Tanya Fiz­zard, Crys­tal Ford, Joan Pynn and Angie Brown proudly dis­play the Grand Falls-Wind­sor flag in the deserts of Qatar.

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