Camosun Business wins gold
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Camosun College Business students are tried, tested and true.
March 26, 2010Students from Camosun Collegeâ€™s School of Business took on some of businessâ€™ toughest challenges, and came away with the Top Team Senior Division prize in this yearâ€™s BC Business Simulation Competition held March 19-21 in Kelowna, BC.
The BC Business Simulation Competition was initiated in 1988 by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and is open to both two-year and four-year post-secondary institutions. The competition uses simulated business cases to test and strengthen studentsâ€™ knowledge and acumen. The competition starts online, and then students are held accountable for strategies, decisions and implementation in a real-time three-day play-off.
The gold medal for Top Team was awarded to a Camosun College business team called Synergy Air. In the final hours, Synergy Air was up against teams from Langara and Okanagan College in an airline simulation that reflected the equivalent of three operating years.
The Camosun team of Breanne Garrett, Christopher Paine, Daniel Lee, Ellen Dragushan and Bobbijo Bassarab was coached by marketing faculty member, Cynthia Wrate, who accompanied the students to Kelowna.
â€śThe teams are judged on the full spectrum of management â€“ HR, finance, operations and marketing,â€ť says Wrate. â€śCamosun business students know their material, and the simulation allowed them to test their management thinking in the same highly charged, competitive environment business leaders face every day. Iâ€™m very proud of the teamâ€™s professionalism, teamwork and stamina.â€ť
Okanagan College hosted this yearâ€™s event. A total of eight post-secondary institutions competed, including one from Alberta. Rick Appleby is on Okanaganâ€™s business faculty and coordinated the competition.
â€śThe students are challenged to improve the performance of a simulated company with changing economic environments,â€ť says Appleby.â€śThe competition has an online phase of several weeks and then, the heat really gets turned up onsite. Each division is judged by experienced business people, including presidents, owners and CFOs. The computer acts as the buying public and the results in 11 different performance categories are measured every period. At the end of three days, the students leave with superior long-term strategic thinking, greater confidence, plus a network of future business contacts.â€ť
More about Vancouver Islandâ€™s business school
Camosun Collegeâ€™s School of Business offers a diverse range of business programs, including degrees in accounting, marketing/communication, HR and leadership. All the programs promote career development by focusing on the application of practical skills in business studies.
- 51 business programs
- 2340 learners
- 40 years in the business of education
- 77 teachers â€“ the greatest number of qualified teaching faculty on the Island
- 91% of graduates rank instruction good to very good
- 89% of business graduates rank Camosun education as useful and relevant
Cynthia Wrate, School of Business Program Leader, Marketing Communications Management
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Last updated: March 29, 2010 2:54 pm