Northwood's Collegiate DECA Students Place at State Competition

(l-r): Chris Borgman and Travis Covert

Following their team’s success at the Collegiate DECA State Career and Development Conference in Battle Creek February 7-9, two Northwood University students qualified to compete at the International Career and Development Conference April 22-27 in Washington DC.

Christopher Borgman, a sophomore from Commerce Township, placed second in corporate finance and Travis Covert, a junior from Lansing, placed first in entrepreneurship.

An estimated 160 students participated in this year’s state competition representing a wide variety of schools from around the state and the Midwest including: Davenport University-Grand Rapids, Delta College, Grand Valley State University, Kettering University, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University and University of Michigan.

Collegiate DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Elmer Tofteland, associate professor of accounting and the advisor to the Northwood University Collegiate DECA chapter, commented, “I am very proud of these two students who represent Northwood University and placed first and second.”


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.