Polk State Students Achieve Two National Rankings at Phi Beta Lambda Conference

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Members of Polk State College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda achieved two top-10 rankings at the organization’s recent National Leadership Conference.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the nation’s oldest and largest education association, with 250,000 student members preparing for careers in business or business-related fields. FBLA-PBL has four divisions; PBL is the division for postsecondary institutions.

FBLA-PBL’s National Leadership Conference took place in late June in Anaheim, Calif.

Representing Polk State College at the event were Alicia Cunningham of Lakeland; Robert Gerber of Bartow; Jim Harmon of Lakeland; Nathan Herbig of Eagle Lake; Sally Jo Rugg of Winter Haven; Cedriss Saint-Louis of Winter Haven; and Brent Wiseman of Davenport. Phi Beta Lambda Adviser Kim Simpson also attended.

At the conference, students from colleges and universities across the country compete against one another in a number of events focused on topics such as accounting, business law, and public speaking.

Polk State garnered two top-10 rankings during the conference, including Harmon’s ninth-place finish in Macroeconomics and a 10th-place finish for the Professional Clothes Closet, a community service project that provides students with work-appropriate attire. Cunningham, Gerber and Herbig made the presentation about the Professional Clothes Closet at the conference.

In addition to competing in various events, the students attended educational workshops and networked with other students from across the country, Simpson said.

Polk State offers the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, which offers concentrations in Business Administration, Business Information Technology, Healthcare Administration, Public Safety Administration and Public Safety Management. Polk State’s Business Administration associate’s degrees offers specializations in Healthcare Administration, Insurance, Management and Marketing.