Navigate Up
Sign In
Bookmark and Share

CVTC Students Head To National Business Competition

​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:

  • Joe Belland - Video Production Team, 1st place; Human Resource Management, 4th place
  • Jason Curtis - Financial Analyst Team, 3rd place
  • Dan Erickson - Human Resource Management, 2nd place; Small Business Management, 2nd place
  • Susan Gemits - Financial Analyst Team, 3rd place
  • Jordan Jones - Video Production Team, 1st place
  • Mitch Maloney - Human Resource Management, 1st place; Small Business Management, 2nd place
  • Rosemary McGann - Database Applications, 3rd place
  • Dustin Mitchell - Advanced Accounting, 1st place; Federal Income Tax, 3rd place; Financial Analyst Team, 3rd place; Spreadsheet Applications, 4th place
  • Misty Penigar - Video Production Team, 1st place; Advanced Interview Skills, 2nd place
  • Mary Sikora - Spreadsheet Applications, 3rd place
  • Lindsay Sweson - Chapter Outstanding Student, Extemporaneous Speaking, 3rd place
  • Sarah Wolff - Financial Math, 1st place; Advanced Accounting, 2nd place; Computerized Accounting, 2nd place; Financial Analyst Team, 3rd place
  • Gretchen Yonko - Federal Income Tax, 1st place

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."