Baker College of Muskegon Students Heading to National BPA Competition

February 18, 2014

Baker College BPA team
Representing Baker College of Muskegon at the state BPA competition were Joshua Hooker, North Muskegon; Ryan Poindexter, Whitehall; Chad Bazzett, North Muskegon; Kody Hesselink, Muskegon; Ashley Esch, Twin Lake; and Stefanie Miller, Nunica.

Wins at state conference pave way to Indianapolis

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College of Muskegon students took home some of the top wins at the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference Feb. 8 in Grand Rapids, with five of the six participating students qualifying to compete at the national BPA conference, April 30 to May 4, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Baker College BPA team competed in the business and technology workplace skills events. Students who qualified for national competition and their state competition results are:

  • Chad Bazzett, of North Muskegon, won two first place awards, in Computer Security and in Information Technology Concepts, and two second-place awards, in Computer Network Technology and in Systems Administration Using Cisco.
  • Joshua Hooker, North Muskegon, won first place in Network Administration Using Microsoft and two third-place awards, in Computer Network Technology and in PC Servicing & Troubleshooting.
  • Kody Hesselink, Muskegon, took third in Systems Administration Using Cisco and fourth in Computer Network Technology.
  • Ashley Esch, Twin Lake, won second place in College Accounting and fourth in Federal Income Tax Accounting.
  • Ryan Poindexter, Whitehall, won fourth place in Systems Administration Using Cisco.

This will be the second national convention for Bazzett, Hooker and Hesselink. All three competed at the national level last year and brought home wins.

Nearly 200 students competed at this year’s state conference for post secondary education chapters. Approximately one-half of them qualified for competition at the national convention, which will be attended by an estimated 5,000 high school and post-secondary education students.

“We are proud of our students’ outstanding preparation for these skills competitions,” said Lee Coggin, J.D., Baker College of Muskegon president. “These awards showcase their discipline as scholars and the caliber of students attracted to Baker College, as well as reflect positively on our very talented faculty members who are helping prepare students for these events.”

Mark Verhoeven, program director of Baker’s networking programs, is especially excited for the five Baker College students who will attend the national convention this year. He is BPA team advisor and accompanies students to state and national conferences.

“The national conference is four days of competitions, leadership development workshops and networking with other students from across the country as well as taking part in national officer elections,” Verhoeven said. “This year’s theme sums it up: Accelerate Your Future. All events are designed to help prepare attendees for successful careers. It’s an unforgettable experience.”

Conference activities include Adobe mini workshops ranging from featuring new technology to providing portfolio tips, a marketplace where students showcase products and services, certification options in multiple software programs, and several nationally known speakers.

BPA boasts more than 43,000 members through chapters in 23 states and is known as the leading career and technical student organization for students pursuing business-related careers.

For more information about the Baker College business and computer technology programs, contact the admissions office at 231.777.5200 or

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