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CVTC Students Shine at Business Professionals Leadership Conference

Eight Chippewa Valley Technical College students have qualified for a prestigious national competition by virtue of their outstanding performance at the recent Business Professionals of America Spring Leadership Conference in Rice Lake.

The CVTC students–all of whom are majoring in Accounting, Administrative Professional, Business Management or Marketing–were among more than 100 business students from Wisconsin technical colleges competing in the state event.  

By virtue of their award-winning performances in Rice Lake, the following CVTC students have qualified to compete during the Business Professionals of America national conference in Chicago, April 25-29. Those students and their state awards are as follows:

Sara Chase, first place in presentation management.
Dan Erickson, first place in human resource management
Mitch Maloney, second place in human resources management.
Rosemary McGann, first place in legal office procedures
Mary Stanley, fourth place in three categories: administrative support concepts, basic office systems & procedures, and insurance concepts.
Aimee Torrence, fourth place in payroll accounting and fifth place in fundamental accounting.
Mark Wacek, first place in fundamental accounting.
Mike Olson, who combined with Chase, Erickson, and Maloney to take first place in the small business management team category.

At the national conference, these CVTC students will compete with more than 2,000 students from two-year and four-year colleges from across the United States.  Depending on their competition category, students may take written exams, solve business-related problems, or present their work to three-member judging panels.
“Participation in the national competition is a really big deal,” says Julie Miller, an accounting instructor who has been advisor to CVTC’s Business Professionals of America chapter for the past 21 years.

“Just attending the conference is important, but competing is a great experience for our students,” Miller says.  “It gives them self-confidence and maturity.  And it definitely enhances their leadership skills.”

Pictured are, left to right, Mary Stanley, Rosemary McGann, Accounting Instructor Julie Miller, Melinda Duncan, Sara Chase, Dan Erickson, and Mitch Maloney.