Chunnara Chhay and Tony Lange joined eight other Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond students who traveled to Cleveland, Wis., recently to compete in the statewide Business Professionals of America (BPA) annual competitions. All 10 came home bearing awards.

Business students from each of the four WITC campuses sent BPA team members, and of the WITC-New Richmond students, eight qualified to compete at the national competition in Boston, Mass., in May. Students use fundraisers and tap their own resources to fund their trip to competitions. WITC-New Richmond had the largest representation in attendance and also has the greatest number of members in a local chapter.

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Competition categories included a variety of business topics, including financial analysis team, small management team, human resource management, interview skills, banking and financial, accounting, payroll, and many others.

Sarah Reas, who competed last year and again this year in four events qualified in all for nationals. “I am really proud of our BPA team,” she says. “It was energizing and rewarding again this year. I’m thrilled to move on to the national competition and to bring home several awards!”

WITC-New Richmond BPA advisors are business instructors Mark Alfuth and Tom Pedersen. To contribute toward the group’s expenses to Boston, call the college at (715) 246-6561.

BPA is the leading organization for career and technical students seeking careers in business management, office administration, information technology and related careers. Its statewide and local chapters promote business careers through activities, seminars and competitions. In Wisconsin, students compete against other technical colleges in leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills as part of the BPA’s State Leadership Conference. Winners then move on to a national competition. WITC students traditionally do very well in competition returning with top placements in many categories.