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MCC students earn high honors at BPA contest

Eight Montcalm Community College (MCC) students earned high honors during the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference at Davenport University in Grand Rapids on Feb. 9, and they will advance to national competition May 8-11 in Orlando, Fla.

MCC’s Website Design Team earned first place at the state competition. Team members include Louise Hastings, of Sheridan, and Dustin Snoap, of Greenville.

MCC’s Video Production Team placed second. Team members include Elizabeth Jacobsson, Rachel Jacobsson and Hannah Schoenborn, all of Rockford.

Individually, Jessica Crandell, of Belding, took fourth place in College Accounting; Heather Hillabrandt, of Ionia, placed fourth in Computerized Accounting; Elizabeth Jacobsson earned second place in Digital Media Production; Rachel Jacobsson placed first in Advanced Word Processing; Amber Rought, of Gowen, earned first place in Fundamental Desktop Publishing; and Snoap placed second in Fundamentals of Web Design.

The event featured students representing six different post-secondary institutions from Michigan.

BPA Club Co-Advisor Mike Adams attended the competition with MCC’s students.

MCC Instructor and Club Co-advisor Kristen Diehl said this is the eighth year students from the college have participated in the competition, and their performances illustrate the quality of instruction they receive at MCC.

“Our students have consistently taken top honors at the state level while competing against students from four-year universities,” Diehl said.

“This contest helps our students develop and improve leadership skills that will be used in the workplace,” she said. “Advancing to the national-level competition emphasizes that they are prepared for a wide variety of business situations.”

Business Professionals of America is the leading Career Technical Student Organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.