South River student part of winning team
Will travel to Qatar in March for business competition
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.