Written by John Plestina
Secondary, postsecondary and students from across the state of Montana attended the 2014 State Leadership Conference for the Montana association of Business Professionals of America in Billings March 9-11.
The 2014 Montana BPA State Leadership Conference was held at the City College Montana State University - Billings, the Holiday Inn Grand Montana and the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Members from the Culbertson High School chapter and advisors DeAnne Weeks and Tara Nickoloff joined nearly 1,300 students and local chapter advisors who gathered in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as the Montana association assisted the members to “Serve Locally, Lead Globally” through participation in the area’s competitive events — leadership, community development, and professionalism.
During the three-day event, students demonstrated their knowledge in business and technological skills and abilities in 60 different competitive events from within the four core assessment areas of financial service, administrative support, information technology and marketing/management/human resources.
The top finalists in each event advance to compete at the National Leadership Conference this spring in Indianapolis, Ind., April 30 through May 3.
BPA has more than 51,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 28 states. BPA is a "co-curricular" organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering curriculum based on national standards. This year, the Montana association has 1675 members and over 90 chapters.