Berkeley College Professor Engages 1,100 High School Students at DECA NY Experience Conference for Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

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About 575 entrepreneurial and business-oriented high school students from throughout the United States participated in the DECA NY Experience last week and 500 other students are attending this week’s program. In workshops about fashion trends led by Myra Butensky, Berkeley College Instructor, Fashion Merchandising and Management, students learned about how trends are created and how these trends influence business and our culture.

“These students are dynamic, creative and insightful individuals,” Ms. Butensky said. “They will be an asset in our workplaces and serve well as our next generation of business leaders.”

The two-week DECA NY Experience Conference concludes Friday, December 12 at the New York Pennsylvania Hotel at 401 Seventh Avenue. The last of four 90-minute hands-on fashion workshops sponsored by Berkeley College will take place tomorrow, Friday, December 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In the workshop Ms. Butensky briefly explains how to identify and predict a trend.  Then the students’ perceptions of New York City – communicated through mood boards – are created and presented for discussion and feedback.

Berkeley College supports the DECA NY Experience as part of its mission to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges in the United States and abroad. In addition to supporting the DECA NY Experience, Berkeley College sponsors career workshops in such disciplines as Business, Fashion, Interior Design, Justice Studies and Health Studies throughout the year, introducing career options to high school juniors and seniors as well as adults who are looking to start new careers.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields in the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The website address is

Berkeley College Professor Myra Butensky at DECA-NYC Conference

Photo Caption A: Myra Butensky, Berkeley College Instructor, Fashion Merchandising and Management consults with high school students at the DECA NY Experience about identifying trends in business.

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Myra Butensky, Berkeley College Instructor, Fashion Merchandising and Management

Photo Caption B: Myra Butensky, Berkeley College Instructor, Fashion Merchandising and Management, leads Fashion Merchandising workshops for high school students at the DECA NY Experience.

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