Friday, October 7, 2016

MVCTC BPA Meeting Includes Public Speaker

Submitted by: Hunter Bardnell, BPA Reporter 2016-2017

MVCTC 2016-2017 BPA Officers with guest speaker Mr. Garrett Lee. Pictured left to right – Hunter Bardnell, Nigora Aripova, Logan Cupp, Brandon Spears, Mr. Garrett Lee, Josh Garver, and Elizabeth Hohn
Englewood, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center held its first official Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter meeting on September 22, 2016. The meeting included information about the candidates that made it to voting in the Region 3 officer positions, going over torch awards and the torch categories, and a speech from motivational speaker Garrett Lee.

The new BPA chapter officers for the 2015-2016 school year are:

  • President – Brandon Spears (Game Programming and Web Applications) Tipp City
  • Vice President – Joshua Garver (Business Ownership) Northmont
  • Secretary – Logan Cupp (Business Ownership) Franklin Monroe
  • Treasurer – Elizabeth Hohn (Computer Network Engineering) Vandalia Butler
  • Public Relations – Hunter Bardnell (Computer Repair & Technical Support) West Carrollton
  • Parliamentarian – Nigora Aripova (Business Ownership) West Carrollton
  • Historian – Julianne Cramer (Computer Repair and Tech Support) Eaton

The new officers were elected last school year and were pinned at the first unofficial BPA meeting on August 26, 2016 by MVCTC’s Business, Information, and Technology Supervisor, Mr. David Peltz. All seven members make up the chapter’s cabinet, and each member has his or her own responsibilities and roles for the chapter’s meetings.

The first official meeting’s main event was a speech on being successful in life and in careers by life skills coach and youth speaker Garrett Lee. Garrett had troubles in his education was barely making it into college due to a low ACT score. He overcame his struggles and became the strong, inspiring man he is today. His purpose is to motivate, inspire, and help people reach their fullest potential in life and give them direction to obtain success and to explore all the opportunities they can.

The BPA chapter’s plans for the coming year include five more great meetings, celebrating Career Technical Student Organization week, chapter members representing MVCTC as BPA Region 3 Officers, and competing in local, regional, state and national BPA Competitions.

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.
BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.

For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

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