KWC business students earn 3rd place in international competition

May 30, 2023 | 12:08 am

Updated May 29, 2023 | 6:24 pm

From left, Kentucky Wesleyan College students Jillian Hidgon, Colby Frazier, Bay La, and Jayden Yocum took 3rd place at the annual IACBE Conference. | Photo provided

Kentucky Wesleyan College business students recently earned 3rd place in an international, interscholastic business competition.

The students representing KWC were Jillian Higdon, Colby Frazier, Bay La, and Jayden Yocum. They were accompanied by Assistant Professor of Economics Chelsea Dowell.

The Spring 2023 International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) Live Case Competition was held in Orlando and is administered by CapSource.

The students’ goal was to provide real-life, real-time business solutions to Correct Craft, a U.S.-based builder of powerboats, to help them de-risk and streamline their supply chain. They worked with Correct Craft top executives, two supply chain experts, researcher Jordan Sprunger (KWC instructional services librarian) and faculty advisors Chelsea Dowell and Danielle (Benson) Woodward.

“Beyond being super proud and happy for these students, I’m thrilled that they got to have this kind of experience,” Woodward said. “It’s invaluable. Working with top level executives on real world problems like our present-day supply chain crisis? Analyzing data and applying critical thought to propose solutions that actually might be implemented by a global company? Honing their communication skills to corporate-level expectations? Learning just doesn’t get any better than that.”

Dowell aid the business and accounting faculty in the KEC Terry Woodward Center for Business Studies prioritize experiential learning opportunities for our students.

“As business professionals, we recognize the importance of applying theory to real-world experiences,” Dowell said. “The Capsource Business Case Competition hosted by IACBE is just one of the many experiential learning opportunities we offer our students. The four students who accompanied me to the IACBE conference to compete not only analyzed proprietary business data but also networked with some amazing current and future business owners.”

May 30, 2023 | 12:08 am

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