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Big Wins for WITC Students at the BPA National Leadership Conference

(5/11/2016) It was a successful trip for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College students who participated in the 2016 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference. Ten WITC students represented the college at the Conference held in Boston, Mass., in May.

Thousands of students from across the country gathered to compete in the conference and showcase their business skills through competitions, workshops, leadership development and more. In addition to preparing a presentation to a panel of judges, students must take general knowledge tests that consist of 50 multiple choice questions.

Of the 34 WITC students who participated in BPA collegewide, 14 competed at the Wisconsin State Leadership Conference at Lakeshore Technical College in February and 10 continued on to the National Conference where the group took home 13 "top 10" awards.

The small business management team captured the 1st place award at the National Conference. The team consisted of Justin Ausman (Barron), Angie Paternina (Rice Lake) and Caitlin Ploszay (Amery).

Top 10 granted to the following students:

-Tony Lange (Hudson), Noah Hedlund (St. Croix Falls) and Sarah Reas (New Richmond) in the financial analyst team
-Paternina in advanced interview skills and management; marketing; human resources concepts.
-Ploszay in income tax accounting and project management concepts
-Ausman in entrepreneurship
-Theresa Anderson (Chetek) in income tax accounting
-Chloe Warner (Luck) in human resources management, interview skills and advanced spreadsheets
-Reas in managerial accounting and financial math and analysis

Completing the WITC representation at the competition was Alicia Lutscher (Ellsworth), who competed in banking and finance and Michael Christianson (Woodbury), who competed in computer security fundamentals.

With members in 23 states, BPA has a total of 43,000 members nationally. The mission of BPA is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.

A nationally top-ranked college, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.