ACC student elected to lead Collegiate DECA as vice president

Austin Community College (ACC) student Joshua Koshy was elected 2017-2018 executive vice president of Collegiate DECA while also drawing top honors at the international business student organization’s international conference held in Anaheim, California in April.

“Joshua’s willingness to work hard to build a Collegiate DECA community and his leadership skills have ensured success for students across the state,” says Dr. Kathy Walton, ACC adjunct professor of fashion marketing and Collegiate DECA state advisor.

Joshua Koshy, ACC business student

Koshy will spend next year making decisions and executing plans based on the overall welfare of Collegiate DECA and ultimately finding ways to make the DECA experience better for its 16,000 members.

“We are given opportunities to speak with members of Congress on behalf of millions of students to advocate for the benefits and need of career and technical education programs,” says Koshy, who majors in business administration. “We are assigned specific state associations to help guide the association and chapter leaders, provide resources, organize/run conferences, and be an asset to student development.”

Koshy hopes to acquire leadership skills that will one day help him land a career in the creative and startup field. He will attend the University of Texas at Austin starting in fall to pursue a degree in public relations.

“I want to be in a position in life where I can place people with talent and potential in jobs they can thrive in,” he says.

A delegation of 90 students from six Texas colleges attended the four-day conference and competed in a variety of contests. Koshy ranked in the top 10 for Sales Manager Meeting, while fellow ACC student West Budreau, also majoring in business administration, competed in Professional Sales.  He won first place in the Entrepreneurship-Growing Business category at the 2016 conference.

“I am very proud of all of the students and their accomplishments,” says Walton. “Joshua’s work and that of other state officers led to Texas Collegiate DECA having the highest level of membership and the largest conference delegation ever.”

To learn more about ACC’s DECA chapter, contact Walton at [email protected] or 512-223-7213.

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