SCC Business & Computer Students Compete at National Competition


Eight Southeastern Community College students competed at the Business Professionals of America, BPA, National Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL last week. Six of the students are part of SCC’s computer club, two students are members of the business club.

Computer club students include: Nick Blakeman of Fort Madison, Brandon Carter of Gladstone, Arlan Fedler of Burlington, Dave Macomber of Montrose, Tristan Scharpman of Fort Madison, and YuTsia Su of Burlington.

Business club students Katlin Crock of Tipton and Jackie Collins of Burlington also competed.

Students competed against students from colleges and universities around the country in a variety of information technology and business and office administration categories.

Blakeman earned two Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certifications, Carter was a finalist in C++ Programming and SQL Database Fundamentals and also brought home two MTA certifications. Fedler earned two MTA certifications, Scharpman was a finalist in computer security and received two MTA and four Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications. The team of Macomber, Scharpman and Su brought placed second in Network Design. Collins was a finalist in Legal Office Procedures and Crock earned a Microsoft Word certification.

Information Technology instructor Brenda Wamsley is proud of the students’ accomplishments.

“It takes a lot of work to prepare and compete at this level,” says Wamsley. “Plus they have to keep up with their regular classes, too. These students competed against students from much larger schools and earned some impressive awards.”

Seven of the eight students who attended the conference were unable to attend graduation last week. As a result, SCC President Dr. Ash arranged to have a special graduation ceremony just for them.

“These students represented SCC on the national stage and opted to forego their own graduation to do so. It’s important to recognize their accomplishments and present them with their degrees,” says Dr. Ash.

The special ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater on the West Burlington campus.

In addition to competing, students went to Epcot and Magic Kingdom as well as visiting Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center. They also spent time networking with students from other colleges.

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