NCK Tech Students Compete at State BPA

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Front row (l to r): Jeremy Guillot, John Haist, Stephanie Raymer, Natasha Cole, Micheal Aspedon, Amanda Noah, Drew Pfannenstiel, David Knappert, Brian Johnson. Back row (l to r): Devin O’Bryan, Cris Hayes, Tessa Hayse, Michael Gledhill, Andrew Shipley, Aaron Turner, Gregory Koelzer

Students from the North Central Kansas Technical (NCK Tech) College - Information Technology (IT) and Business Management Departments recently competed in the State Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Wichita on February 20-22, 2014. The departments brought home 14 first, 9 second, 4 third and 2 fourth place awards. The award winning students are now eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN on April 30 - May 4, 2014.
Business Professionals of America helps prepare students for careers in business, computer, and office occupations. Technical Colleges, Community Colleges, and Vocational Schools participate in the post-secondary organization. During the Leadership Conference, competitive events are held in several areas, including financial, administrative, information technology, management, marketing, and human resources. The events require a student to solve business problems in an allotted amount of time and present their solutions to judges from their respective fields or sit for an exam which covers the area of interest.
The NCK Tech Business Management program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of management and entrepreneurial careers. The basics of marketing and management are studied both in the classroom and through an internship which includes employment within the field of study. Students earn a certificate upon completion of the one year program. The Information Technology Program provides training in network administration, web page design, PC Maintenance, intranet and Internet operations, desktop publishing using Adobe and Microsoft Applications, video production, and programming using Visual Basic and C# (XNA Game Console, Phone App Programming). Students have the option of an Information Technology Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree after successfully completing the program of instruction. Dean Franzen is the Business Management instructor; Robert McCreight and Krystal Link are instructors in the Information Technology Department.
Competing students, their hometowns and their area of competition are listed below.
Questions? Please contact: Mari Tucker, Marketing/Foundation Director, mtucker@ncktc.edu; 785-738-9051

Business Professional of America
2014 State Competition Individual Results

Michael Aspedon (2nd Year IT) Hays, KS
2nd Administrative Support Team
2nd Java Programming
4th PC Servicing & Troubleshooting

Natasha Cole (1st Year MB) Esbon, KS
1st Entrepreneurship
1st Ethics & Professionalism

Michael Gledhill (2nd Year IT) Downs, KS
2nd Admin Support Team

Jeremy Guillot (1st Year IT) Concordia, KS
1st Network Admin using Microsoft
1st Fundamentals of Web Design
2nd PC Servicing & Troubleshooting

John Haist (1st Year Tele) Miltonvale, KS
1st Network Design Team
2nd Computer Network Technology

Tessa Hayse (1st Year BM) Beloit, KS
1st Payroll Accounting/College Accounting

Cris Hayes (2nd Year IT) Clay Center, KS
1st PC Servicing & Troubleshooting
1st Network Design Team
4th System Administration using CISCO

Brian Johnson (2nd Year Tele) Lebonan, KS
1st Network Design Team
1st System Administration using CISCO
3rd PC Servicing & Troubleshooting

David Knappert (1st Year IT) Beloit, KS
1st Database Applications
2nd Fundamentals Web Design
3rd Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications

Gregory Koelzer (1st Year IT) Corning, KS
2nd Administrative Support Team
2nd Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
2nd Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Devin O'Bryan (1st Year IT) Wakefield, KS
1st Computer Security
2nd System Administration using CISCO
3rd Network Admin using Microsoft

Drew Pfannenstiel (2nd Year IT) Ness City, KS
1st Java Programming
2nd Administrative Support Team

Stephanie Raymer (2nd Year IT) Beloit, KS
1st Graphic Design Promotion
1st Digital Publishing with InDesign

Andrew Shipley (1st Year IT) Burr Oak, KS
1st Computer Network Technology
2nd Network Admin using Microsoft
3rd System Admin using CISCO

Aaron Turner (1st Year IT) Burr Oak, KS
1st Network Design Team
5th PC Servicing & Troubleshooting

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