From “Several Gateway Technical College students take honors” — Seven Gateway Technical College students captured honors at the national leadership conference of the Business Professionals of America held May 8-12 in Orlando, Fla.

Gateway Technical College students took first through third place in the following categories, competing against students from across the United States:

  • First place: Web Design Team: Kasey Knudson, Kelly Kendra and Nicole Rugen.
  • First place: Financial Math and Analysis: Mark Short.
  • Second place: Presentation Management Team: Elizabeth Klinzing, Holly Anderson and Magan Lawrence.

Rugen also placed fourth in Graphic Design Promotion, Short placed sixth in Insurance Concepts and Klinzing took 10th in Interview Skills.

Students were judged by industry professionals who are able to also share their expertise with students.

BPA is the national career/technical student organization for students preparing for careers in the business field.


From “Nicolet students excel at state business competition” — Eight Nicolet College students earned high honors at a recent statewide Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition that had them testing their skills in a wide variety of disciplines from office applications to computer network and web design.                  

Students earning honors include first row, left to right, Vicky Hunter, Robert Klitzka, Kyle Mickelson; back row, Jordan Slominski, Micah Roberts, and David Larson. Other students earning honors but not pictured include Phyllis Mickelson, and Dylan Gallus. All students are from Rhinelander.

The 2013 competition was held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.

Students were tested on many levels of knowledge and skills in areas such as word processing, accounting, legal and medical office procedures, interviewing and speaking, insurance concepts, human resources, computer networks, web design and many others. Besides the competitions, the three-day event also included electing new officers, leadership seminars, and some time for fun and networking with students from other schools.

Business Professionals of America is the leading Career Technical Student Organization for those pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has more than 51,000 members nationwide. Their mission is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.


From “WITC-Ahsland BPA students compete nationally” — Three students from the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Ashland chapter of Business Professionals of America recently competed at the national conference held in Chicago April 25-29.

Sheila Wilcox, Angela Kerfoot and Kaci Peterson joined 5,000 BPA members to compete in a variety of competitions to test their business skills.

Wilcox placed seventh in interview skills, and Peterson placed fourth in administrative support concepts, sixth in  basic office systems and procedures and sixth in fundamental word processing skills.

From WITC: “WITC students take top national awards” — 

Yet again, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College students make it clear they are a force to reckon with when it comes to business competition. A group of six students from WITC-New Richmond recently competed in the national 2011 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Pat Roettger (Downing) placed first in Keyboard Production. Terri Rydeen (St. Croix Falls) placed third in Interview Skills.

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