INDIANAPOLIS — For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event.
Eight MCC students qualified for the national competition, which will be held April 30 to May 3 in Indianapolis.
“It’s an opportunity to compete with other students,” said Rachel Jacobsson of Rockford. “I like competing and trying new things.”
The students, who earned trips to nationals by advancing through a state competition at Davenport University in February, will take part in events ranging from prepared speech and media production.
Dustin Snoap of Greenville will pair up with Katrina Soper of Edmore to vie for top spot in website design as the only team from MCC to qualify.
Individually, Carmon Bianchi of Greenville will compete in fundamental desktop publishing; Justin Brackenbury of Greenville in PC servicing and troubleshooting; Devin Cavendish of Stanton, in entrepreneurship; Elizabeth Jacobsson of Rockford in prepared speech and digital media production; Michael Ruggles of Stanton in prepared speech; and Snoap in fundamentals of web design.
The students said they look forward to the trip and are excited to pit their developing skills against other students across the country.
“I like the competition itself,” said Rachel Jacobbson, who is traveling with the team as a club officer.
But there is more to BPA — which is a Career Technical Student Organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields —than the competitions, students said.
“It’s giving me experiences to prepare myself for the business field,” Cavendish said.
But before the students can etch their trip to Indianapolis in stone, they are attempting to raise $5,000 for travel expenses.
The group will host a business expo for small businesses April 18 and 19 at the MCC Braman Center on the Greenville Campus.
The event will be from 3 to 8 p.m. April 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19. The cost for admission is $1 or the donation of two non-perishable food items.
For some, the trip will be their first, but for many it will be a return trip.
“They are very excited to represent Montcalm Community College again,” said Michael Adams, co adviser for the club.