LCCC students take part in the Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge

CHEYENNE, WYO. — When it comes to experiencing opportunities in their field of study, Laramie County Community College students continue to excel.

Earlier this month, three LCCC students—Quintin Fortson, David Matthews, and Addison Stevenson—took part in the Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge in Laramie. Open to finance students in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, this event lets students showcase their stock analysis skills, featuring judges who are influential in field of finance.

Laramie County Community College was the first and only community college to send a team and participate in the challenge.
Jeff Shmidl and Nick Colsch are the faculty advisors for this project.

The students were tasked with analyzing publicly traded securities to see whether a particular company made for a good investment opportunity, and then they had to convince a panel of independent analysts and investment fund managers why they were right in under 15 minutes.

Although they didn't win the competition, the judges were impressed with the level of understanding these students possessed. According to Shmidl, this trio is currently enrolled in their first finance class, and they competed with third- and fourth-year students who have taken an extensive number of courses in the field. In fact, the work of these LCCC students was impressive enough to garner recruitment offers from four-year universities.

"This was an incredible opportunity for our school, program, and especially our students to get recognized and make connections in the industry. Our students represented LCCC well. I'm proud of them," said Shmidl, who also serves as the school chair and instructor in economics and finance.

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