Seven North Idaho College student members of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the Annual National Leadership Conference “Destination: Success” in New York City, May 9-13.
NIC BPA chapter members joined over 6,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national business skill competitions, workshops, general sessions, and national officer candidate campaigns and elections.
Fifty-one competitive events were offered in four categories: Financial Services, Administrative Support, Information Technology, and Management/Marketing/Human Resources. Several North Idaho College students ranked among the top 10 in the nation.
“NIC students competed with students from two-year colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities from across the United States,” said NIC BPA advisor and Business and Office Technology Instructor Kathie O’Brien. “The ability of our students to score among the best in the nation in these events speaks very highly of their capabilities and of the education they are receiving at NIC. We are very proud to have these students represent North Idaho College at this national event."
NIC students capturing national place honors were:
Amanda Porter of Post Falls placed first in Medical Office Procedures.
Danny Myers of Hayden placed second in CISCO Systems Administration and seventh in Computer Network Technology. Myers also presented a workshop to other students about earning service awards.
Carmen Dawson of Hayden placed third in Digital Media Production and eighth in Graphics Design Promotion. Dawson also represented Idaho as a state officer and voting delegate and was a presenter at a workshop on teamwork.
Dustin Smith of Athol placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speech and seventh in Management, Marketing and Human Resources.
Velda “Cindy” Kuhn of Spirit Lake placed eighth in Advanced Interview Skills.
Sean Lamphere of Coeur d'Alene, Myers and Dawson placed fifth in Web Site Design Team.
Jenny Rollins of Kellogg, Myers, Porter, Dawson, and Kuhn were each presented with an Ambassador Torch Award at the conference, which is the highest BPA honor given for outstanding community service. Kuhn received the Outstanding Postsecondary BPA Ambassador Award for accumulating more service points than any other postsecondary BPA student.
All of the students have been active in the NIC chapter of BPA during the 2006-2007 school year resulting in the chapter earning three national awards: Quality Chapter Distinction, Special Olympics, and Community Action.
All of the students' expenses were paid by personal funds, fundraising efforts, and through the generosity of the Associated Students of North Idaho College.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology occupations. 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, and is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.