BPA Students Bring Home 65 Awards from State Competition

Group holding up awards

Eleven BPA students advance to national conference

Students from Dakota County Technical College took part in the 2015 Minnesota BPA State Leadership Conference at Alexandria Technical and Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota, Feb. 19–21, 2015, taking home 65 awards in the top 10 placings. Eleven participants advanced to the National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, California, in May 2015.

Lyle Stelter, DCTC accounting instructor and BPA faculty advisor, is honored to be a part of the teaching process that leads outstanding students to their respective career fields. “I am so proud of our students for winning so many awards at the BPA State Leadership Conference,” Stelter said. “The students gave their best and it paid off.” Added Marie Saunders, program advisor, “We encourage all students enrolled at DCTC to consider becoming a member of Business Professionals of America.”

About BPA

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards. — Courtesy of the BPA website

DCTC BPA Chapter Winners at the MN BPA Spring Leadership Conference:

Accounting Specialist 1st – Willow Weckwerth 3rd – Linda Shaull

College Accounting 1th – Sierra Furlong* 4th – Linda Shaull* 5th – Victoria Mode* 7th – Stephanie Kosen

Advanced College Accounting 9th – Chontae Koonkaew

College Payroll Accounting 2nd – Sierra Furlong* 9th – Willow Weckworth

Managerial Accounting 10th – Kimberley Hardwick

Federal Income Tax Accounting 7th – Kimberley Hardwick

Banking and Finance 2rd – Linda Shaull* 5th – Stephanie Kosen*

Financial Math and Analysis-Open Event 8th – Sierra Furlong 9th – Linda Shaull 10th – Victoria Mode

Personal Financial Management 1st – Linda Shaull 7th – Mathew McCrillis 9th – Willow Weckwerth

Keyboarding 1st – Heidi Bailly* 10th – Willow Weckwerth

Fundamental Spreadsheets 1st – Linda Shaull* 3rd – Sierra Furlong* 7th – Heidi Bailly

Basic Office Systems and Procedures 4th – Heidi Bailly*

Medical Office Procedures 6th – Heidi Bailly

Administrative Support Team 5th – Heidi Bailly, Willow Weckwerth, Linda Shaull

Administrative Support Concepts 1st – Heidi Bailly 2nd – Mathew McCrillis 3rd – Linda Shaull 7th – Kevin Day 9th – Victoria Mode

Computer Network Technology 6th – Kevin Day

PC Servicing and Troubleshooting 8TH – Jacob Komolo

Computer Security 5th – Kevin Day*

Visual Basic Programming 1st – Kevin Day*

C++ Programming 1st – Kevin Day*

Java Programming 1st – Kevin Day*

Computer Programming Concepts-Open Event 1st – Kevin Day 3rd – Jacob Komolo

Information Technology 5th – Kevin Day 10th – Mathew McCrillis

Entrepreneurship 2nd – Samantha Hrbek*

Small Business Management Team 1st – Chontae Koonkaew, Jacob Komolo, Kimberley Hardwick, Samantha Hrbek*

Interview Skills 2nd – Heidi Bailly* 8th – Mathew McCrillis 9th – Stephanie Kosen

Human Resource Management 1st – Chontae Koonkaew*

Ethics and Professionalism 2nd – Jacob Komolo*

Prepared Speech 9th – Kevin Day

Presentation Management Team 1st – Mathew McCrillis, Sierra Furlong, Stephanie Kosen, Victoria Mode*

Business Meeting Management – Open Event 3rd – Mathew McCrillis 8th – Sierra Furlong 10th – Heidi Bailly

Management, Marketing, HR – Open Event 1st – Samantha Hrbek 2nd – Sierra Furlong 3rd – Chontae Koonkaew 4th – Jacob Komolo

Parliamentary Procedure Concepts 1st – Mathew McCrillis 2nd – Sierra Furlong 4th – Stephanie Kosen

Project Management Concepts 1st – Jacob Komolo 2ND – Kevin Day 5rd – Chontae Koonkaew 8th – Willow Weckwerth

Accounting Specialist 1st – Willow Weckwerth 3rd – Linda Shaull

*Denotes National Qualifiers

To learn more about Business Professionals of America at DCTC, contact:

Lyle Stelter
Accounting Instructor
BPA Faculty Advisor

Marie Saunders
Accounting Instructor
BPA Faculty Advisor