Competing Mid-State Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club students with Business Technology Instructor and BPA club advisor Sharon Behrens, front and center, at the Wisconsin State Leadership Conference held in Wausau, Feb. 27–28. From left, the students are Hannah Guerrero, Jennifer Mauritz, Tiffany Marshall and Rhonda Martinson.

Mid-State students earn top awards at Business Professionals of America state conference

March 30, 2020

Mid-State Technical College students earned top awards in the Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP) Competitive Events at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Wisconsin State Leadership Conference held in Wausau, Feb. 27–28. 

Business Management student and vice president of Mid-State’s BPA chapter Tiffany Marshall, Wisconsin Rapids, placed first for her presentation in Human Resource Management, a judged event assessing the student’s interpretation of personnel policies and knowledge of human resource management. Marshall also placed sixth in Management, Marketing and Human Resources Concepts. Digital Marketing student and BPA chapter communications officer Hannah Guerrero, Plover, placed first in Digital Marketing Concepts. Accounting student Jennifer Mauritz, Marshfield, placed second in College Payroll Accounting and sixth in Financial Math & Analysis Concepts. Business Management student and president of the BPA chapter Rhonda Martinson placed sixth in Business Meeting Management Concepts.

“I’m incredibly proud of how our students performed in BPA’s state leadership conference,” said Mid-State Business Technology Instructor and BPA chapter advisor Sharon Behrens. “I know how hard each one of them has worked in her classes, and it’s a thrill to see that effort pay off with these outstanding results.” 

According to Behrens, this is the second year Mid-State’s BPA club participated in the WSAP Competitive Events at BPA’s state conference since reinstating the club in fall 2018. “As Mid-State’s chapter continues to grow in the years to come, we look forward to supporting many more students in BPA’s state and national competitions,” she said.

Placing in the top five for their judged and non-judged events qualified Marshall and Mauritz to compete in the BPA National Conference, originally scheduled for May, but that event is now canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BPA’s competitive events give students the opportunity to demonstrate workplace skills learned through business education curricula. Students prepare for and compete in contests in over 90 categories, under five Assessment Areas including Finance, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Digital Communication & Design and Management, Marketing & Communication.

Business Professionals of America is a national career and technical student organization consisting of 25 state associations and more than 45,000 members that provides networking, business-related projects and competitive events to help students achieve their goals for self-improvement, leadership development, professionalism, community service and career development.

To learn more about Mid-State’s programs in the Business, Management and Administration cluster, visit mstc.edu/programs