Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Recognized With Top Honors At National Conference


“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these students and would encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the school’s PBL organization and compete in state and national competitive events,” said Robin Turner, chair of the accounting program.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda students returned from their national conference in San Antonio, Texas with numerous awards, continuing the tradition of making the community and college proud.

Four students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College attended the conference – out of 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students – bringing home national awards.

Kristy Jarrett, one of the Rowan-Cabarrus students who attended the conference, received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Jarrett competed in the Small Business Management Plan category and brought home a national third place award. Jarrett competed against major university students, including Westwood College, Temple University, Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus, and Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College.

This event provides recognition to members who demonstrate an understanding and mastery of the process required in developing and implementing a new business venture. Most surprisingly of all, the competition is normally a “team event” with up to five students preparing the competitive business plan. Jarrett entered as a single person team and held her own, scoring very competitively.

 “Competing against four-year seniors from universities and finishing in the national top ten is a major achievement by our students.”

Another Rowan-Cabarrus student, Melissa Barnette received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence in the national Financial Services competition, sponsored by Certified Financial Planners Board, Inc. Barnette brought home a fifth place award, beating out major four-year university students, including Midland University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, South Florida Community College, Emporia State University, Alabama State University.

This competition consists of two parts: an objective test and a performance component consisting of an interactive case study. This event provides recognition for PBL members who can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary in the general operations of various components of the financial services industry.

Additionally, Jennifer Wagner competed in Word Processing and brought home eighth place, demonstrating that they have acquired word processing proficiency beyond the entry level. Dawn Barbee, also attended the conference and competed in Management Concepts. To qualify for national competition, students must be rated first, second or third at the North Carolina PBL level.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their Rowan-Cabarrus Community College academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

“I am so proud of all of our students who competed at the National Conference. Rowan-Cabarrus students competed against many universities and there were some major competitors there,” said Martha Cranford, a Rowan-Cabarrus faculty member and the chapter’s advisor. “Not only did our students do well in competitions; they learned many social skills with a diverse group of students from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We have great students at Rowan-Cabarrus and we look forward to bringing home many national awards in the future.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization. At the national conference, participants from around the country were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events. Rowan-Cabarrus students competed against powerhouse universities represented with many years of PBL national competitive experience.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu. The college is currently registering students for classes, which begin on August 15.

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