SCC Students Take Honors at BPA Conference in Des Moines, Advance to National Competition


West Burlington, IA- Sixteen students from SCC’s Business, Computer, and Animation clubs earned top ranks at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference in Des Moines.

All sixteen students are advancing to the BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

BPA is the top CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.

SCC competed against six other Iowa community colleges at the state-level competition.

SCC Animation Club students Drew McGuire and Ryan Walden took first and second place, respectively, in Computer Modeling.

“The animation students are looking forward to nationals where they’ll showcase 3-D character models that they’ve created for the computer modeling competition. They are also excited for the opportunity to meet other students pursuing careers in animation,” says SCC Animation instructor, Tyler Horn.

All seven SCC Computer Club students placed in every event in which they competed.

Sean Bryant, Lisa Bell, Jason Hollingsworth, Nick Johnson, Kyle Schultz, Samuel Thompson, and Nicholas Williams all placed in Network Administration Using Microsoft, Computer Security and Computer Network Technology events.

“The Computer Club students will be able to compete with other post-secondary students throughout the United States while testing for their Microsoft Technology Associate certifications,” says SCC Network Administration and Cyber Security Instructor, Brenda Wamsley.

SCC Business Club students also earned high ranks amongst their peers.

Victoria Frueh, Lauren Huddleston, Brandy Mulder, Rhyan Nelson, Nancy Pross, all excelled in the Office Administration category while Angie Woodsmall qualified in Accounting.

“It was really fun to travel with other clubs and get outside of our own little ‘box,’ says SCC Business and the Administrative Assistant Program Instructor , Trisha Hopper. “Among our three clubs, SCC had so many winners that it felt like we swept the Oscars!”

The students are now preparing to compete at nationals in May.

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