BASBOL Students Demonstrate Knowledge, Win Cash Prizes

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A Message from Terri Graham, Interim President, West and Downtown Campuses

Three students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership (BASBOL) were recently awarded cash prizes for presenting business challenges and solutions during a competition supported by a $2,000 State Farm grant.

All of the students who presented during the Business Case Competition on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, tackled issues facing employers during the pandemic and provided solutions to those challenges.

Students’ proposals aimed to solve problems such as improving decreased productivity and lower performance during remote work, prioritizing employees’ needs in a remote environment and achieving a work-life balance.

Participating students were all enrolled in MAN 4720 – Strategic Management Capstone, a course taken toward the end of the BASBOL program which seeks to have students apply knowledge acquired in previous courses through the use of case studies and other assessment tools.

Michelle Terrell, director, work-based Learning, who requested the grant, said these exercises are important to students, as they apply acquired knowledge but also move beyond that.

“The purpose of the Business Case Competition is to introduce Valencia College students to a real challenge that businesses face and allow them to use the knowledge and skills learned in their academic program to create a viable solution,” said Michelle. “Additionally, the competition will give the students an opportunity to build confidence and persuasive skills while also developing and enhancing presentation skills.”

Students presented their proposals via Zoom to business owners and executives from the Business Advisory Council, BASBOL program faculty, Interim Dean of Business on West Campus Cheri Cutter and representatives from grant sponsor State Farm. Michelle was also present.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for the participants to demonstrate presentation skills needed in the workplace and highlights the important benefits of our relationships with our Business Advisory Council, local businesses, and community,” said Cheri.

Winners of the competition are:

  • First Place – Mia Menchaca –  $1,000
  • Second Place – Omayra Melendez – $500
  • Third Place – David Brown – $350

Please take a moment to congratulate students and others involved in this effort in the comments below.

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