Chipola wins at PBL National Conference

Pictured from left, are: Shareem Goodlet, Bethany Horton, Joshua Myers, Glenda Bethel (adviser), Bradach Carlson and Kathryn Meadows.

Pictured from left, are: Shareem Goodlet, Bethany Horton, Joshua Myers, Glenda Bethel (adviser), Bradach Carlson and Kathryn Meadows.

ATLANTA—Students from the Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity won five Top-10 national awards and one PBL scholarship at the recent Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

Chipola winners include: Bradach Carlson, fourth place in Computer Concepts and fifth place in Cyber Security; Bethany Horton, eighth place in Financial Services; Shareem Goodlet, ninth place in Information Management; and Joshua Myers, fourth place in Project Management. Kathryn Meadows won a PBL National Scholarship valued at $400.

More than 1,600 of America’s best and brightest college students participated in the conference with the Connect theme which encouraged students to make connections through various social media outlets as well as networking on site.

Students from across the U.S. showcased their skills and knowledge in competitive events that involved objective tests, skills tests, prepared reports, interviews, speeches, role play scenarios and presentations.

After qualifying at the state competition, competitors attended the national conference to enhance their skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 60 competitive events in accounting, business, leadership and technology.  Top performers walk away with cash awards at this national event thanks to the many generous sponsors. Video of the national awards ceremony is available at this link:  http://pdcproductions.com/pbl2016/index.php

Chipola PBL adviser Glenda Bethel says, “Our national competitors worked hard to prepare for this competition, and many of our non-competing members and our department assistant Katrina Griffin assisted with practice sessions. Chipola PBL is a small but noteworthy chapter at the state and national competitions.  We appreciate the support and funding we have received from the college and individuals like Dr. Jason Hurst, Dr. Jayne Roberts, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Nancy Johnson, and our colleagues in the Business Office and Physical Plant.”

FBLA-PBL is the largest career student organization in the world, with more than 200,000 members.  Local chapters focus on community service, membership recruitment, fundraising, leadership skills, and competitions.