COD Accounting Students Tie for First Place at Prestigious Accounting Competition

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By Mike McKissack

A team of College of DuPage accounting students tied Northern Illinois University for first place at a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Challenge case competition.

COD’s winning team included Dean Kozora (Willowbrook), Brian Sechrist (Lombard), Mark Skager (Wheaton) and Priyanka Tenneti (Bloomingdale).

Maureen McBeth said the competition provided the students with insight into the skills that will be critical to their success as future leaders in the accounting profession.

“I am thankful to both NIU and PwC for including College of DuPage in this competition,” she said. “This was an incredible opportunity for our students to work directly with and be mentored by the professionals at PwC. We were thrilled to see our students step up and demonstrate their analytical and communication skills which resulted in a first place tie with an NIU team.”

During each fall since its launch in 2002, PwC has invited students from approximately 50 colleges and universities nationwide to compete in the Challenge case competition. The competition models real-world business scenarios focusing on the strategic issues currently faced by companies worldwide. Judged on critical thinking, collaboration and communication, students work in small teams to review a business case, develop a solution and create a presentation, subsequently delivering the solution to a group or PwC professionals. Each member of a winning campus team receives a cash prize and are eligible to take part in an upcoming optional Corporate Responsibility (CR) challenge.

The Accounting program at College of DuPage provides fundamental and advanced education and practice in accounting principles and skill sets, as well as in areas such as business, computers, mathematics and taxation. The certificate and occupational Accounting programs are designed for students who plan to join the workforce immediately after college as accounting clerks, bookkeepers, junior accountants, bank tellers, credit analysts, auditing clerks and tax preparers. In addition, COD offers transfer opportunities such as the Associate in Arts in Accounting transfer program and the innovative 3+1 articulated agreement with Benedictine University.

Click here for more information about the Accounting program at College of DuPage.

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 27,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants nine associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

Pictured: COD students who participated in the (PwC) Challenge case competition: (first row, from left) Aidan Borre (Oakbrook), Vandana Sharma (Carol Stream), Priyanka Tenneti (Bloomingdale), Micheli Venky (Wheaton), Emily Keith (Bloomingdale); in addition, (back row, from left) Mark Skager (Wheaton), Dean Kozora (Willowbrook), Brian Sechrist (Lombard), Matt Pedraza (Downers Grove), Saud Ali (Oakbrook), Nick Larson (Elmhurst), Curtis Gulloro (West Chicago), Nate Narofsky (Aurora).

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