Caddo Kiowa Tech Center student Kenny Pauls placed first at the National Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, this month. To qualify for BPA Nationals, students had to win first, second or third at the state level. After winning at state, Pauls continued to Nationals where he received first place in Administrative Support Concepts. He was also a finalist in ICD-10 Diagnostic Coding and Contemporary Issues.
“We are all so very proud of Kenny! We haven’t had a first place winner at nationals in a few years, so this is a such a huge honor for him personally and also for the school,” said Charlotte Oswald, instructor. “Kenny comes to class every day prepared to go to work. He has definitely put a lot of energy into his studies and his career, and it shows,” Oswald added.
Competitions ranged from individual to team and from objective tests to judged presentations. Nearly 6,000 high school and post-secondary student delegates from across the nation competed in national level business skills competitions and attended leadership development workshops and general sessions.
Pauls, an adult student from Corn, Oklahoma, is enrolled in the Business Information Technology Education program at CKTC. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and worked in the field for several years. He has since decided to come to CKTC because he wants to work in medical insurance coding. A natural leader, Pauls is also the BPA President for the CKTC chapter and the recipient of perfect attendance for the entire school year.
“When I first came to CKTC I was amazed at the variety of programs the school offered,” said Pauls. “The teachers and administration make every effort to support and encourage the students in their programs.
My BITE instructor, Mrs. Oswald, is always available to help students understand the new material and guide us through the more challenging parts of our studies. She is extremely organized, and her years of experience have been invaluable in planning the various BPA activities and conferences this year,” he remarked.
“I would personally like to thank both Mrs. Oswald and Mrs. Pierce for all the encouragement and support they provide in making our local BPA chapter a success,” added Pauls.
The national winner encourages any prospective students – regardless of age – to look into the programs that CKTC has to offer and come visit with one of the counselors to see how they can help.
For more information about the Business Information Technology Education program, click on the linke or call 405-643-5511.For over half a century, CKTC has provided career training, business and industry services and leadership programs to a rural district in southwest Oklahoma. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades. Additionally, CKTC offers customized workplace training and short-term training. More information about CKTC is available online at www.mycktc.com or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.