Enactus team earns trip to nationals

June 4, 2014

enactusBryan College’s Enactus team has earned a regional championship in competition in Atlanta for the third time in as many years and will travel for national competition in Kansas City, Mo., in May.

Members of the Bryan Enactus team Team sponsor Brad Gatlin said 13 students participated in events surrounding the competition, including interviewing with prospective employers during a jobs fair. Director of Career Services Marica Merck said six students were offered jobs and three others were offered summer internships as a result of their interviews.

To earn the regional championship, Enactus team members presented results of year-long projects for evaluation by business leaders sitting as judges. Projects are to “use business concepts to develop community outreach, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world,” according to the national Enactus organization.

Bryan’s projects included presenting the Reality Check program to freshmen at Rhea County High School, teaching them about the costs of everyday living; Get a Job, offering resources for finding employment; and developing Fund Your Future, giving suggestions about choosing a college and finding financial resources to pay for that education.

In addition, the team recycled approximately 4,000 pounds of paper collected on campus. They also worked with local businesses to assist in rebranding and event promotion.

Making the presentation to the judges were team President Anna Licausi, project leader Taylor McFerran, Vice President-Finance Japhet Townsend, project leader Kristin Fortenberry, and Vice President-Marketing Peter Boyajian.

“This was a good opportunity for the students,” Mr. Gatlin said. “A number of our students have landed good jobs through contacts made here.”

Enactus is an organization of student, academic, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. Bryan’s Enactus team is one of more than 500 similar programs in the United States.