A quarter of a million students, educators, administrators and business professionals have chosen to be members of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest business education organization. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to have an active and very successful college chapter.
PBL member students participate in college wide professional development activities, have opportunities to serve as officers and have the ability to compete in statewide and national events. In 2011, fourteen RCCC students earned state-level awards through participation in the 57th Annual North Carolina PBL Leadership Conference. The following RCCC students each earned awards at the state level: Ariel Sledz, Alan Surratt, Charles “Eric” Susong , Jennifer Wagner, Alyson Wynne, Karen Reynolds, Sheri Stocum, Benny Lefler, Carol Lloyd, Donna Guy , Lisa Cooper, Judy Hill, Crystal and Kristy Jarrett.
Ten RCCC students also attended the PBL National Conference in Orlando. Over 1,800 students attended and our students competed against four year universities as well as community colleges from across the nation.
Herb F. Boeckenhaupt, a website developer from Granite Quarry, was selected as North Carolina’s Business Person of the Year and awarded the National Business Person of the Year. He was honored during the opening session of the conference. Boeckenhaupt is quoted as saying: “It is significant that you [RCCC students], earned the right to compete, got exposure to what a national conference is all about, and waded into the competitive waters. Just reaching the ability to compete at a national level is significant, which means you were at least one of the “150” best people in the country that qualified for that right.”
“It is significant that you [RCCC students], earned the right to compete, got exposure to what a national conference is all about, and waded into the competitive waters. Just reaching the ability to compete at a national level is significant, which means you were at least one of the “150” best people in the country that qualified for that right.”
Alan Surratt, Charles “Eric” Susong, and Kristy Jarret (president of the RCCC-PBL group) received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Surratt competed in accounting principles category and brought home first place. Surratt alsoreceived a monetary award from KPMG; one of thenation’s largest accounting firms. This event provides recognition for PBL members who have an understanding of the basic principles of accounting and who give evidence of their knowledge in solving practical accounting problems.
Susong competed in the job interview event and brought home second place. Participants are required to complete a cover letter, apply for a specific job, submit a resume and participate in a job interview. Jarrett competed in statistical analysis and brought home tenth place. Jarrett’s event reguires the use of statistical tools and concepts.
RCCC-PBL students also attended workshops during the national conference. Students attending at least three workshops received a leadership certificate.
Robin Turner, chair of the accounting program at RCCC, also attended the conference. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of the students and would encourage all RCCC students to consider being part of the PBL organization and compete in State and National competitive events,” she said.
Martha Cranford, an RCCC faculty member and chapter co-advisor stated, “I am so proud of all of our students who competed at the national conference. We have great students at RCCC and we look forward to bringing home many national awards in the future.” Sandra Horne, an adjunct faculty member, is co-adviser to the group and also attended the national conference.
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