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SWIC business chapter Phi Beta Lambda succeeds at national competition


BELLEVILLE – Southwestern Illinois College business students are at the top of their game.

At the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta in June, the SWIC Phi Beta Lambda business student organization took first place in Professional Division Membership for the North Central Region.

The SWIC Abe Small chapter team tested its abilities against chapters from around the country at the conference.
Student Amanda Brown of Mascoutah took 10th place in the Job Interview competition, while Brown and student Debbie Harris, also of Mascoutah, placed in the top 14 teams for the Business Presentation event.

“We’re proud of our efforts,” said Office Administration and Technology Professor and PBL Adviser Tina Dierkes. “It demonstrates the value of a strong education and maintaining strong connections to your peers and colleagues.”

More than 1,700 students, advisers and guests from colleges and universities around the country attended the conference. Students could compete in up to two scholastic events each, totaling 2,200 competitive opportunities; plus they participated in workshops and elected their 2016-2017 national officers. SWIC students competed against 30 to 50 other contestants in their categories.

PBL provides an opportunity for members to exercise and validate their mastery of essential business concepts, skills and knowledge. Members participating in this program demonstrate their business skills, knowledge and work-related talents. Additionally, PBL helps students expand their leadership skills, sharpen their competitive spirit and be recognized for their work.



— From the Illinois Business Journal

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