WITC-Ashland business students earn spots at national conference
(3/21/11): Top students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College will be attending the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2011
National Leadership Conference, “Stand Out From the Crowd,” in Washington, DC,
May 4-8 2011.
WITC-Ashland chapter members, Kerri Bergquist, Leslie Hill,
Melinda Holverson, Kaci Peterson and Paula Pruss will join more than 5,000 other
conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level
business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions and the national
officer elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, they’ll experience
the history and government of our nation through Washington, DC monuments,
memorials and museums.
The unique highlight of the conference this year will be
the National Leadership Conference Opening Session at the foot of the Washington
Monument. All conference attendees will stand together at this historic site as
the first Career/Technical Student Organization to gather at the National Mall.
“The conference will be the culmination of a school year’s
worth of business skills education and training which members of the local
chapter of Business Professionals of America at WITC-Ashland have received,”
said chapter advisor, Sharon Duthie, who teaches for the Administrative
Four of the five students who participated had earned fifth
place or better in business related competitions at the BPA state conference.
The team of Berquist, Hill, Holverson and Pruss earned first place in
Administrative Support Team. In addition, Berquist earned first in Fundamental
Spreadsheets and fifth in Database Applications. Hill placed second for Database
Applications. Holverson earned first in Insurance Concepts, third in Medical
Office Procedures, third in Basic Office Systems and Procedures and third in
Fundamental Word Processing. Pruss placed second in Insurance Concepts, fourth
in Desktop Publishing and fifth in Basic Office Systems and Procedures.
Business Professionals of America is a national
organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for
careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities
and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical
experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business
Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking
of education and business and industry. BPA is contributing to the preparation
of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship,
academic, and technological skills.
Business Professionals of America is assisted in this
endeavor with financial support from corporations and companies including AICPA,
Microsoft, Adobe, CIW-Certification Partners, Shell and South-Western/Cengage,
who sponsor BPA’s National Leadership Conference, and member career building
programs and scholarships.