Win-Win: Bergen Business Students Repeat

PARAMUS, N.J. – For the second year in a row, a team of five Bergen Community College students won the New Jersey County College Case Competition at Rutgers Business School, placing first among seven peer institutions.

The team consisted of Dana Maloney, of Wyckoff; Antony Manyeki, of Carlstadt; Max Morganstein, of Goshen, New York; Anthony Penna, of Garfield; and Oleksandra Shaposhnikova, of Garfield. Adjunct instructor Albert Cupo led Bergen’s team with help from professor Lisa Mayer during the competition. Representatives from sponsor M&T Bank also helped coach the students at the April 7 event.

The students competed against entrants from County College of Morris, Essex County College, Hudson County College, Ocean County College, Passaic County College, Sussex County College and Union County College.

The 2017 case required students to propose how a fictitious social media platform could increase its revenue and continue to grow. Students were asked to examine the company’s competition, make financial projections and identify the biggest business challenges ahead. Days prior to the event, Bergen’s team practiced their presentation before a handful of bank executives. In addition to a critique leading up to the competition, the team followed the lead of students Manyeki and Penna, who also competed last year.

While the teams presented to a panel of judges comprised of Rutgers faculty and M&T Bank executives, other participants attended sessions on team building, special talks and campus tours throughout the day.

Community college transfer students account for half of Rutgers Business School-Newark’s enrollment.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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