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WITC business students qualify at state; Prepare for nationals


NEW RICHMOND - WITC-New Richmond business students again landed in the top rankings of state competition with six first place awards, five second place awards, and additional awards in third, fourth and fifth place. In addition two of the students were elected to state officer positions. The group hopes to travel to Anaheim, Calif., in April to compete nationally.

Due to the expense of the trip, the group is fund raising. An event is scheduled at the Hilltop Bar and Grill in Woodville, April 17, 5-9 pm to secure donations. The band known as A Girl’s Journey has donated its time and talent and will play during the evening. A free will donation cover charge of at least $5 is planned, with a silent auction and free will donation beef/venison dinner. Cash donations to assist the group on its travel may be directed to Mark Alfuth, BPA advisor and WITC instructor, at the New Richmond campus. His phone number is 715.246.6561, ext 4307.

"As an advisor I couldn't be more proud of these students,” Alfuth says. “BPA is an outstanding organization that develops future business and community leaders, and our future is in good hands with these students. This is yet another example of why WITC was identified as the #4 best two-year college in the country."

WITC-New Richmond BPA results at the statewide competition include:

2015 State winners: Left to right: Samantha Timm (New Richmond), Rosemary McGann (Eau Claire), Sarah Reas (Park Falls), Jonathan Howell (Amery), : David Dybedahl (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Mike Christianson (Woodbury, Minn.), Cathy Mianecki (Glenwood City), Mark Alfuth (WITC instructor and advisor). Not pictured: Miranda Gale (Clear Lake), Tom Pedersen (WITC instructor and advisor), and Kevin Salmon (WITC instructor and advisor).

Sarah Reas

Samantha Timm

Miranda Gale

Dave Dybedahl

Cathy Mianecki, president of WITC-New Richmond chapter of BPA

Jonathan Howell

Michael Christianson

Rosemary McGann

BPA, an on-campus organization, promotes business careers through activities, seminars, and competitions. Students compete in business activities and network locally, statewide, and nationally to build and reinforce their skills. Advisors for the group include WITC instructors Mark Alfuth, Tom Pedersen and Kevin Salmon.

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. WITC is an equal opportunity/access employer and educator. For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit