Students at William Woods University have the opportunity to jump start their careers, while still in college. Delta Epsilon Chi is the newest business club at WWU. Similar to the high school program DECA, the club focuses on competitions designed to give real experience.
The mission of the group is to “Serve its diverse international membership as a professional organization, providing leadership and career-oriented opportunities to develop and enhance tomorrow’s leaders.”
Linda Duke, WWU instructor of marketing, is the lead advisor for the club. Officers for this year are President Victoria Luisi of Carrollton, Texas; Vice President Beth Outz of Holts Summit, Mo.; Secretary LeeAnn Beard of Hannibal, Mo.; Treasurer Becky McDaniel of Lebanon, Mo., and State Representative Kelsey Allen of Farber, Mo.
The club already boasts more than 20 members, with additional students interested. Members will compete in the state competition in February and, if they place, will be eligible to go to the international contest.
Duke feels the club will give students the needed edge to succeed after college.
“I feel it is really important, especially for business majors, to have real world experience in business, exposure to professional networking, and the chance to develop future career opportunities,” said Duke.
Delta Epsilon Chi is an organization for students planning a future in the marketing, merchandising or management field. Objectives include nurturing leadership and self-reliance, to help students make informed career choices, to foster high ethical standards in business, and to understand the American system of free enterprise.
“The experience they gain is invaluable,” said Duke.