The students will advance to BPA's National Leadership Conference May 4-8 in Washington, D.C.
"I am excited to be able to go to the National leadership Conference," says Gretchen Yonko, who placed first in the federal income tax category, which required students to complete a 90-minute timed test demonstrating their knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code.
Other categories required students to prepare speeches, use computers for accounting and office applications, and work in teams on scenarios.
The students who qualified for the national conference are:
Gretchen Yonko credits CVTC's income tax preparation class, which runs the VITA tax site at CVTC for low-income taxpayers, for helping her win first place.
"Because of that class, I feel more confident daily about my ability to work with clients when I am in the 'real world'," Gretchen says. "All of my courses so far have been relevant and current to today's accounting field, ready for immediate application."
CVTC is making it possible for Gretchen, who is also an adjunct instructor in the Academic Services lab, to prepare for a new career in accounting.
"Without CVTC I couldn't even dream of reinventing myself and starting in a new direction,"she says. "I have two young children, am on a tight budget, and live in Menomonie, so my online and odd-hour courses are perfect. When I am on campus, I get the help I need and instructors are available to me for questions. I feel respected for the skills I bring and have learned an immense amount of new ones."