College of Western Idaho Qualifies 10 to National BPA Conference

Published: March 8, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY – CWI will be sending 10 students to compete at the 2013 Business Professionals of America national competition thanks to a strong showing at the 45th-Annual State Leadership Conference last Friday (March 1) at Ada County Center. CWI captured individual titles in eight events to go along with four runner-up finishes, and six third-place honors.

In addition to an outstanding competition, CWI also celebrated a personal achievement for student Melissa Bausch. Bausch, who is the current CWI chapter president, was elected to serve as 2013-14 Idaho State BPA Secretary. She is the first CWI student to be elected to the Idaho State BPA Officer Team.   

Next up for CWI’s 10 national qualifiers is a trip to Orlando, Fla., May 8-12, to compete in the BPA National Leadership Conference.



First Place

Daniel Collins – PC Servicing & Troubleshooting; Computer Network Technology; Network Administration Using Microsoft

Aleana Hernandez – Integrated Office Apps; Fundamental Word Processing Skills; Administrative Support Team

Beth Rausch –Administrative Support Team

Laura Sprague –Payroll Accounting

Tim Wall –Banking and Finance

Melissa Bausch –Administrative Support Team

Second Place

Beth Rausch – College Accounting

Erin Slaughter – Computer Network Technology; Network Administration Using Microsoft

Tim Wall - Spreadsheet Apps

Third Place

John Otto – Computer Network Technology; Network Administration Using Microsoft

Jaci Seever – Keyboarding Production; College Accounting

Melissa Bausch – Fundamental Word Processing Skills; Advanced Office Systems and Procedures

Other National Qualifiers

Beth Rausch –Keyboarding Production

Tim Wall - Financial Math & Analysis; Administrative Support Concepts

Niki Ynigez – Advanced Spreadsheet Apps; Fundamental Word Processing Skills


Jennifer Couch                                                

(208) 562-3508                          


The College of Western Idaho is a public, open-access, and comprehensive community college committed to providing affordable access to quality teaching and learning opportunities to the residents of its service area in western Idaho. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information about the college, visit or call (208) 562-3000.


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