BRTC’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) club recently hosted a Business Technology Day for high school students of the surrounding area to introduce them to BRTC’s Business programs. Sixty-eight students and five teachers from Hoxie, Rector, and Walnut Ridge High Schools attended.
PBL and First National Bank manned tables and provided refreshments during the event’s FBLA testing sessions. FBLA, or Future Business Leaders of America, is the public school version of the collegiate PBL. The testing sessions helped to prepare local students who would be entering the FBLA state competition.
PBL members Todd Wilcox, Tina Morrison, Shelaegh Bollinger and Barry Clayton gave students one-on-one insights about their possible future at BRTC, as well as in the world of business.
All high school students and teachers received gift bags from the BRTC bookstore, which also provided door prizes for the event. Business instructor Kellee Hardage organized the FBLA testing sessions, and she and other members of the Business department proctored the sessions and managed a hospitality room for the high school teachers and bus drivers. PBL advisors Shannon Ogden and Ruth Schaa were instrumental in securing SGA funding for the event.