Category: EDU - General (Inside MC staff use only)
Published: Apr 9 2014 10:24AM
Nearly 240 Enactus teams from across the country travelled to Cincinnati March 31st through April 3rd to compete in the Enactus National Exposition. After making it through the first two rounds of competition to earn one of only 20 spots in the National Semifinal round, the Montgomery College Enactus team earned 2nd runner up in their division, which tied them for the 9th best finish nationally as well as the highest finish for a two-year college.
According to Steve Lang, Director of the Macklin Business Institute and Sam M. Walton Enactus Fellow, the experience was rewarding for all students that participated.
"Our students have literally changed people's lives around the globe, and I'm thrilled that their efforts and preparation were recognized by the judges," Lang said. "As a two-year college competing against a field of primarily four-year colleges, it can sometimes be an uphill challenge. To place behind only eight other Enactus teams nationally while also earning the highest place of any two-year college was icing on the cake."
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that challenges students around the world to develop and implement projects improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Enactus holds a national competition allowing students to showcase how they are making an impact through their projects, which are evaluated by expert business leaders serving as judges.
MC Enactus students highlighted four projects in their three rounds of presentations. Their newest initiative, The Ibanda Project, helps empower a group of Ugandan women by creating a marketplace for their handmade beaded necklaces. To date MC Enactus has helped sell what equates to over five months of income for the average woman in their business. The students also used a $3500 grant to fund microloans to entrepreneurs in need around the world, while at the same time educating local students about how microloans are an important part of the economic system in many countries. Another project developed by MC Enactus was a Sponsor A Child program benefitting an orphanage in Guadalupe, Mexico. The students created a website and marketed the program locally, and in the past year they have grown sponsorships to $1200 a month with every child at the orphanage being matched with a sponsor. Finally, they showcased the MBI Cafe, a thriving student-run business that provides job opportunities for students on campus while also implementing environmentally friendly business practices.
The Montgomery College students who presented at this year's competition were sophomores Jenna Shenk and Zach Bloom, as well as freshmen Abigail Hollandsworth, Kenny Valle, Menaza Fernando, and Kyle Rodrigo. Ana Saavedra and Faith Harrington, both sophomores, were the A/V coordinators for the presentation. However, MC Enactus' accomplishments were a true collaborative effort.
"All of our students contributed to the team's success this year, whether they were part of the presentation team or took on roles as project leaders or project team members," Lang said. "Also, throughout the year our students had great support from Professor Brian Baick, Professor Linda Youngentob, and Lindsay Hubbard. Without their mentoring and advising the team could not have been so well prepared to succeed."