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WITC-Ashland business students earn spots at national conference

WITC-Ashland students are heading to Chicago for the national Business Professionals of America conference. BPA Advisor Sharon Duthie, Angelia Kerfoot, Kaylee Grosjean, Melinda Holvorson, Kaci Peterson and Sheila Wilcox will be attending the conference in April.

(3/1/12): Top students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will be attending the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2012 National Leadership Conference, “Reach New Heights,” in Chicago, April 25-29, 2012. WITC-Ashland chapter members, Kaylee Grosjean, Melinda Holverson, Angela Kerfoot, Kaci Peterson and Sheila Wilcox 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.

“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 Professional program.

Each of the students who participated had earned 10th place or better in business related competitions at the BPA state conference. Grosjean earned seventh place fundamental spreadsheet applications and 10th place basic office systems & procedures. Halvorson placed first medical transcription, second place advanced word processing skills, third in advanced office systems and procedures and 10th place in both insurance concepts and business meeting management concepts. Kerfoot earned first in basic office systems & procedures, third in database applications and fourth in desktop publishing. Peterson earned second place in both fundamental word processing skills and basic office systems & procedures, third in desktop publishing and fourth in business meeting management concepts. Wilcox took first in both interview skills and banking & finance, third in fundamental accounting and ninth for both  management/marketing/human resources and business meeting management concepts. Team Holverson, consisting of Holvorson, Kerfoot, Peterson and Wilcox, earned fifth place administrative support team.

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.