Baker College of Muskegon Students Win Awards At National Competition

June 11, 2013

Four students recognized at Business Professionals of America conference

Joshua Hooker, Kody Hesselink, Benjamin Looy, and Chad Bazzett
Displaying their national BPA awards are Baker College students Joshua Hooker, North Muskegon; Kody Hesselink, Muskegon; Benjamin Looy, Fremont; and Chad Bazzett of North Muskegon.

Baker College of Muskegon students recently competed at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. and brought home several awards.

All four students who represented Baker College at the conference received honors. They had won awards at the state competition in January, making them eligible for national competition. They are:

  • Benjamin Looy of Fremont won first place in Systems Administration Using Cisco and sixth place in Computer Networking Technology.
  • Chad Bazzett of North Muskegon won second place in Computer Networking Technology and second place in Computer Security.
  • Kody Hesselink of Muskegon won seventh place in Computer Networking Technology.
  • Joshua Hooker of North Muskegon won fourth place in PC Servicing and Troubleshooting and eighth place in Network Administration Using Microsoft.

They also earned Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications at the competition. All four students are enrolled in computer networking programs at Baker College.

“Our students represented Baker College very well, drawing national attention to their achievements,” said Lee Coggin, J.D., Baker College of Muskegon President. “These awards showcase our students’ discipline as scholars and the caliber of students attracted to Baker College of Muskegon. We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

Mark Verhoeven, Program Director of Baker’s networking programs, accompanied the students to the state and national competitions. He is also proud of the “very talented staff of networking faculty who helped the students prepare so well for these events.”

BPA hosts the National Leadership Conference (NLC) in a different location every year. BPA boasts more than 43,000 members across the U.S. and is known as the leading career and technical student organization for students pursing business-related careers.

Students eligible to attend and compete at NLC must be active BPA members approved for attendance and must also meet at least one of the following requirements: qualification through a BPA state competitive event; service as a BPA officer or division voting delegate; involvement in a national officer campaign; recognition through an Ambassador Torch Award; or NLC involvement planned by the member and a BPA advisor.

For more information about Baker College’s computer networking programs, contact Kathy Jacobson at 231.777.5200.

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