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Nearly 200 students to compete in 7th annual ERPSim


Students and mentors work together at ERPsim Invitational on Feb. 15, 2018 in McGuirk Arena. 

The 2019 College of Business Administration Enterprise Resource Planning Simulation will take place Feb. 14, and will have nearly 200 Central Michigan University students in participation.

ERPsim will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at McGuirk Arena. The competition consists of students working in small groups to generate the highest net income for hypothetical business. 

There will be 35 companies represented in the simulation and 40 teams of college students representing the companies. There will be four to five students on each team. 

Companies that are participating in the event will bring over 110 mentors to assist the students in the simulation.

Each round of the game, which lasts approximately 20 minutes, simulates multiple weeks in the life of a business. Each day is equal to one minute in the simulation time. There are 20 days per round, four rounds per game, and participants will play two games.

Eight teams will win scholarships plus two outstanding students. $1,000 will be given to each member of the winning team.

It is an​ opportunity for students to show how brilliant they are so companies will hire them, said business information systems faculty Stephen Tracy said. 

There will be over 40 companies in attendance that will be observing the simulation, looking at student resumes and offering job opportunities.

The event will begin with a welcome luncheon banquet and speeches from keynote speakers Scott King from Ford, Jeff Anderson from SAP and John Wassick from Dow. ERPsim will conclude with a banquet dinner, an opportunity for more networking and the announcement of the championship teams and scholarships awards.