West Burlington, IA- Eight students from Southeastern Community College's Computer Club and three from its Business Club earned top ranks at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference held this month.

BPA is the top career and technical student organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology, and related career fields.

Participants compete in several categories, including Personal Financial Management, Prepared Speech, Computer Security, and Web Design.

Each computer club member is in SCC's network administration and cyber security program.

Blake Birkenstock, West Burlington, William Kraut, Burlington, Landon Lemmon, New London, Nicholas Neira, Danville, Timothy Squier, Carthage, Charles Taylor, Fort Madison, Blaze Vincent, Fort Madison, and Daniel Walters, Fort Madison, earned 23 honors combined at the state competition. Each student earned at least one first place award.

SCC network administration and cyber security instructor, Brenda Wamsley, is the co-advisor of the Computer Club.

“I’m so proud of all the hard work they have done,” Wamsley said. “Students are recognized nationally among their peers and gain valuable insight as to what it takes to work in the IT and business industry.”

Business Club members Riland Coombs, Burlington, Aidan Pealer, New London, and Faith Woodsmall, Burlington, earned 23 awards combined. Each participant earned at least one first place award, and the trio placed first in the Small Business Management Team category.

Business and Computer Club 2022 students

Back from left: Riland Coombs, Charles Taylor, Blaze Vincent, Blake Birkenstock, Nicholas Neria.
Front from left: Aidan Pealer, Faith Woodsmall, Landon Lemmon, Timothy Squier, Daniel Walters.

Trisha Hopper, SCC business administration instructor and co-advisor of the business club, was proud to see her students excel.

“It’s wonderful to see students succeed at the competitions.” says Program Coordinator Trisha Hopper, “But the experience of the conference, itself, is the best part. Each student makes life-long connections.”

The students are all eligible to compete against 2- and 4-year colleges from across the nation at the BPA National Leadership Conference this May in Dallas, TX.

For more information about SCC’s computer program, contact Wamsley at

To learn more about the college’s business program, contact Hopper at

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