South River stu­dent part of win­ning team

Will travel to Qatar in March for busi­ness com­pe­ti­tion

The Compass - - PORTHTE -

A South River res­i­dent en­rolled in an ac­count­ing course at the Col­lege of the North At­lantic has earned the right to com­pete in an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness com­pe­ti­tion in the Mid­dle East in March.

Jac­inta Fitzger­ald was part of a three­mem­ber team that took top hon­ours at the ninth an­nual Busi­ness Case com­pe­ti­tion, held at Col­lege of the North At­lantic’s ( CNA) Grand-falls Wind­sor cam­pus Dec. 2-3.

Fitzger­ald, mar­ket­ing stu­dent Trevor Ride­out of Grand Falls- Wind­sor, and hu­man re­sources stu­dent Re­becca An­der­son of St. John’s com­prised a team named R. J. T. Con­sult­ing. All three are en­rolled in busi­ness pro­grams of­fered via the col­lege’s Of­fice of Dis- trib­uted Learn­ing.

They pre­pared for the com­pe­ti­tion by prac­tic­ing online and had not met each other face-to-face un­til the night be­fore they were sched­uled to present.

By fin­ish­ing first, that will now rep­re­sent CNA at the In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Case Com­pe­ti­tion at CNA’S cam­pus in the Mid­dle East State of Qatar in March 2012.

Ac­cord­ing to Mary Vaughan, dean of Busi­ness and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Busi­ness Case com­pe­ti­tions pro­vide CNA’S learn­ers with the unique op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and pro­vide anal­y­sis of a busi­ness prob­lem in a team- based ap­proach. Teams spent the two days an­a­lyz­ing busi­ness cases and mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions to panels of judges from the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“The cal­i­bre of the stu­dents was out­stand­ing. The stu­dents rose to the chal­lenge and we are all so very proud of them,” Vaughan stated.

“They should all be com­mended for their high level of knowl­edge, crit­i­cal think­ing and in­no­va­tive ideas, team skills in a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion and the con­fi­dence and knowl­edge that they all demon­strated when re­spond­ing to the judges’ ques­tion­ing,”

The stu­dent Busi­ness Case com­pe­ti­tions are an an­nual high­light for the School of Busi­ness and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

“We have some ex­tremely tal­ented stu­dents who use this as an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their skills and tal­ents,” Vaughan added. “A crit­i­cal com­po­nent to the two-day event is hav­ing lead­ers from our provin­cial busi­ness com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pate as judges and guest speak­ers. See­ing first- hand the ex­cep­tional tal­ents of CNA stu­dents by cre­at­ing an environment where stu­dents and in­dus­try lead­ers can in­ter­act pro­vides a unique learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence ben­e­fit­ing not only our stu­dents but the busi­ness com­mu­nity and the prov­ince.”

Sec­ond place was awarded to team Ex­cel­sior from the Prince Philip Drive cam­pus. They will rep­re­sent CNA at the Vanier Col­lege BDC Busi­ness Case Chal­lenge in Montreal in Fe­bru­ary. Third place went to Team Con­fu­cius from the Grand Falls-wind­sor cam­pus.

Mem­bers of the win­ning team at the 2011 Busi­ness Case com­pe­ti­tion are ac­count­ing stu­dent Jac­inta Fitzger­ald of South River (seated), mar­ket­ing stu­dent Trevor Ride­out of Grand Falls-wind­sor, and hu­man re­sources stu­dent Re­becca An­der­son of St. John’s. All three team mem­bers are en­rolled in busi­ness pro­grams through the col­lege’s Of­fice of Dis­trib­uted Learn­ing.

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