Iowa Central students head for national competition

Seven Iowa Central Community College students will participate in a competition next week that will test their business skills against those of students throughout the nation.

The local students are members of the Iowa Central chapter of Business Professionals of America.

“It challenges you to use your resources and show everyone what you’re capable of,” Cassandra Roest, the chapter president, said of the upcoming competition to be held in Indianapolis, Ind.

The college will pay for the students’ travel and lodging. The students are trying to raise money to pay for their meals. Roest estimated that each student will need about $200.

The group heading to the national competition consists of Tina Behrends, Audrey Douglas and Roest, all of Fort Dodge; Christina Worthern, of Webster City; Tonya Ramsey, of Sac City; Dion Mitchell, from Albion, Mich.; and Salissou SaniSaidou, who is an international student from Niger.

They will leave Fort Dodge Tuesday morning, according to Pam Uhlenkamp, an advanced business instructor at the college who is the supervisor of Business Professionals of America. She said the competition will be held Wednesday through Saturday, and the group will return Saturday night.

Uhlenkamp said the competition will include public speaking, solving problems using software programs such as Microsoft Office, accounting, using spreadsheets and trouble shooting computers.

Business Professionals of America is an organization for college students studying for business careers. Roest said anyone who is enrolled in at least one business class at Iowa Central can join.