Four Flathead Valley Community College students traveled to Indianapolis for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference last month to compete against schools from across the nation in the Workplace Skills Assessment Program.
Kyle Lathrop, Ashley Olson, Daniel Sutley and Tyler Dailey’s team presentation took third place overall in the Small Business Management competition. Olson’s individual presentation took third place overall in the Ethics competition.
An integral part of BPA, the Workplace Skills Assessment Program offers students an opportunity to prepare for and compete in contests in numerous business categories under the topics of finance, information technology, administrative support and management/marketing/human resources.
Students begin at the regional competition, and the top qualifiers advance to the state conference. Those deemed the most qualified at the state conference advance to the National Leadership Conference. Competitions are categorized by individuals or teams and range from objective tests to judged presentations.
The annual conference is designed to develop competence, professionalism and leadership for students in business education through Business Professionals of America. According to FVCC Business Instructor and BPA Advisor Brenda Rudolph, the competition was fierce among the participating schools, including community colleges and four-year universities from nearly 30 other states. Her students had to be well prepared.
“Students had to be ready to apply knowledge they gained in a variety of business courses at FVCC to develop solutions for the competition,” she said.
Rudolph also says the student’s success in the competition also serves as a measuring stick for the high quality of business curriculum at FVCC.
“I am so proud that these students were able to take what they learned at FVCC, employ it outside of the classroom and succeed at a national level,” she said. “At the end of the day, that’s really what teaching and learning are all about.”
Rudolph says she anticipates that FVCC business students will take part in the competition again next year and that the FVCC computer science program is looking at opportunities to complete for the first time next year.
For more information about BPA, the National Leadership Conference or the FVCC business program, contact Rudolph at 756-3858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.