SCC'S Business and Computer Club Earn High Ranks at National Competition

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Ten students from Southeastern Community College's Computer Club and six from its Business Club earned top ranks at the 2024 National Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition held last month in Chicago, Illinois.
BPA is the leading career and technical student organization for those pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology, and related fields.
SCC students competed against two- and four-year colleges from the U.S., Canada, and China in categories such as Personal Financial Management, Prepared Speech, Computer Security, and Web Design.
Computer Club members Gregory Wright, Jacob Shores, Tyler Byron, Crystal Timmerman, Trevor Kelly, Charles Mutchler, Gary Brownlee, Dawson Mullenix, Alyssa Krestan, and Jalen Walker earned 49 honors and certifications combined. Eight placed in the top 10 of at least one event, and all ten earned several certifications. First-year student Trevor Kelly placed second in the Computer Network Technology event.
SCC network administration and cybersecurity instructor Brenda Wamsley said the students’ hard work paid off.
“I'm so proud of these students and their success,” Wamsley said. “It takes a lot of effort and practice to place in these competitions and it shows that they know their stuff.”
Business Club members Corwyn Gaines, McKenzie Reichman, Brian Tiet, Tyler Raub, Tanner Waddell, Amber Woodward, and Pattie Poling earned 20 awards and certifications combined. Pattie is the first Business Club member to win two first-place plaques at Nationals in Banking and Finance, and Payroll Accounting. Tyler Raub, McKenzie Reichman, and Brian Tiet are the first Business Club team to win first place at Nationals in Small Business Management.
Business program coordinator Trisha Hopper says that while the ultimate goal is to earn top honors, students benefit from the entire experience of the trip.
“We traveled to Chicago for four days to compete, grow leadership skills, and have fun,” Hopper said. “We accomplished all three. Now we'll start all over again to prepare for another great showing at the 2025 competition in Orlando.”
For more information about SCC's computer program, contact Wamsley
To learn more about the college's business program, contact Hopper
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SCC Business and Computer Club