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WITC-Ashland business students earn spots at national conference

WITC-Ashland students are heading to Orlando for the nation Business Professionals of America conference. BPA students in the first row are Cindy Zakovec, Sheila Wilcox and Rachel Lee. In the second row is Marcia Lavasseur, Rachel Strieter, Karissa Hanson and  Advisor Sharon Duthie.

(5/31/13): Top students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will be attending the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2013National Leadership Conference in Orlando this April. WITC-Ashland chapter members, Karissa Hanson, Marcia Lavasseur, Rachel Lee, Rachel Strieter, Sheila Wilcox and Cindy Zakovec 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 years’ 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 WITC’s administrative professional program. At the state conference, Duthie was honored for five years of service to the organization.

The team consisting of Lee, Strieter, Wilcox and Zakovec earned second place in administrative support team. Hanson took second place in keyboarding production, third in database systems and tenth in basic office systems and procedures. Lavasseur earned second place medical office procedures, third place keyboarding production and fourth place interview skills. Lee took first place in fundamental word processing, second place in both database applications and basic office systems and procedures and seventh place insurance concepts. Strieter placed third in medical office procedures and fourth place in fundamental word processing and basic office systems and procedures. Wilcox placed second place in advanced interview skills, fourth place insurance concepts, sixth place for both fundamental word processing and business meeting management, seventh place in both administrative support concepts and basic office systems and procedures. Zakovec earned fifth place prepared speech.

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.