The College of Western Idaho‘s first trip to the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference was a success, with students placing in the top ten in seven of 51 competitive events.
The team of business management, administration and information technology students earned a combined 13 medals, including two national second-place awards and three first-place awards.
BPA, which provides leadership training and competitions, has more than 51,000 secondary and postsecondary members in 2,300 chapters in 23 states. CWI, a community college that started offering classes in 2009, chartered a BPA chapter this year with 20 members.
Jenny Miller, a CWI instructor of business, management, and administration, helped start the chapter that went to the conference in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month. She said she invited every student from CWI’s campuses in Ada and Canyon Counties to attend a kick-off meeting earlier this year aimed at forming professional organizations for students.
“That was a real festive, inspiring meeting,” she said of the gathering that led to the formation of BPA and other student vocational groups. “We wanted to create an umbrella organization that would have something for everyone, and I think we did.”
Idaho sent 424 students, advisors and guests to the conference. Students from Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, and the University of Idaho also competed and garnered awards.