Rand Group Announces Winners of Inaugural University Student Case Study Competition

Rand Group facilitated a case study competition for Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston early this fall where students were given an opportunity to learn in a real life scenario, and participants were eligible to win up to $1,200 cash.   

 Houston, Texas October 24, 2013: Rand Group is proud to announce the winners of their inaugural Risk Challenge, which allowed junior and senior students in both the Management Information Systems (MIS) and Accounting disciplines from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston to participate in a real life case study competition for a chance to win up to $1,200 in cash and a guaranteed interview for a career opportunity upon graduation.

The winning team comprised of 5 students: Jennifer Wang, Kelvin Foung, Ryan Price, Binh Nguyen and Jacqueline Alvarez. Two additional teams were awarded prizes for their hard work and dedication, and received $200 each.

The competition invited Bauer College students to explore the world of business management and IT consulting and put their academic skills to practical use. Student participation was voluntary, took place in addition to regular school hours and had no impact on academic standing; Rand Group was overly impressed by the number of students who participated.

49 students attended the kick-off meeting and started their training, and 29 students sat for the initial exam which occurred the following week. All 29 students passed the initial exam, and were moved to the second part of the competition where they were grouped in teams and given a case study to work on. The 6 teams worked independently on their case studies, and presented to a panel of judges from Rand Group on October 8, 2013. The judges included Ron Rand, President & CEO of Rand Group, and Suzie Turner and Sarika Krishnan, both Senior Managers at Rand Group.

The Risk Challenge offered students mentorship along with their study materials, and each person who passed the initial assessment was rewarded with $200. The winning team received an additional $1,000 each, along with a job interview, public recognition and a Rand Group Certificate of Achievement in Excellence. Additionally, all participants were able to apply the practical concepts and knowledge they learned during their studies to a real world business case.

“This was a successful new endeavor for Rand Group. We are highly dedicated to cultivating young minds in our community and offering career opportunities to top graduates from the local universities. This competition provided the Accounting and MIS students with the opportunity to experience the world of business consulting, while exposing us to some potential new hires. Offering the monetary reward demonstrated that we valued their commitment, as well as provided those students who showed exceptional skill something to help offset the cost of their education. The experience was mutually beneficial for Rand Group and the students,” says Leticia Graham, Director at Rand Group.

Rand Group knows that education is only the beginning; by offering students a chance to put their skills into practice and explore a career path they may not have previously considered, this competition provided a one-of-a-kind experience for soon to be grads.

Rand Group also extends a special thank-you to staff members Suzie Turner – Senior Manager, Monica Noriega – Manager and Kiet Huynh – Senior Associate, for their time, dedication and support in setting up and managing this competition, which directly contributed to the success of both the students and the company.

About Rand Group, LLC

Rand Group is a professional services firm that serves the oil and gas, manufacturing, distribution, and construction segments within the state of Texas. Rand Group combines the business acumen of CPAs and industry specialists with the technology expertise of software developers and process improvement specialists to drive real business results utilizing technology. Consistently the fastest growing application partner in the US domestic market, Rand Group has built a reputation of making systems work for business.

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