By Amy Loftis
Last month, Student Cherron Covington represented El Centro College in the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) state competition at the University of Texas - Austin.
Thanks to Ms. Levarn Reed, one of the advisors of El Centro's Collegiate DECA, Covington was well prepared for the state competition. She created a portfolio to show how her business functioned. Her business idea: a training academy that equips homeless veterans and those released from incarceration for jobs in the custodial industry.
"I also have a cleaning company that won second place last year in the same competition," said Covington, an entrepreneur and natural leader.
While attending the Collegiate DECA competition Covington participated in workshops and a community project with students from UNT Dallas, University of Texas - Austin, Tarrant County College, University of Texas - Dallas, and others. She is now eligible to compete at the upcoming Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, in Anaheim, California from April 19-23, 2017. At the international conference Covington will present her business to investors and lenders, with the possibility of monetary prizes.
Covington's major is Paralegal Studies. She chose this major to better understand the law to support both her employees as well as students who are on parole and probation at the time they come to train with, or work for, her.
Cherron also serves as the president of the Collegiate DECA organization at El Centro College and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Paralegal, & I-Lead student orgarganizations.
Cherron Covington (right) at the Collegiate DECA state competition with Levarn Reed, El Centro DECA Advisor.