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Beckfield College celebrates National Business Competition Champs!


Beckfield College Students & Grads Shine Bright at National Business Competition

July 7, 2015 (Florence, KY)   Beckfield College is celebrating a National Championship – or really four National Championships!  That’s right – Northern Kentucky’s own Beckfield College just earned four national first place awards at a national business competition.  Three Beckfield College business students and graduates, along with one instructor, participated in the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference and Business Competition held in Chicago over the last weekend of June and brought home major victories.

Beckfield College had three students and graduates and an instructor qualify in various categories.  Each of these participants either won or placed second in six of these categories, beating out the competition from major schools such as University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, Rutgers University, California State University and more. Ed Villaverde (Independence, KY), James Massengale (Price Hill/Cincinnati, OH), and Shawna Raines (Crescent Springs, KY) all participated successfully in a state competition in Kentucky in April that qualified them for the national competition.  Beckfield College will be celebrating these national awards at a campus celebration on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Florence, KY Campus at 16 Spiral Drive in Florence Northern Kentucky.

Beckfield College’s Winning National Team:

First Place:
James Massengale and Shawna Raines, both 2015 Graduates, Strategic Analysis and Decision Making
Shawna Raines, Enterprise Resource Management
Scott Smith (W. Harrison, IN), Business Instructor, Professional Division:  Current Events in Business
Scott Smith, Business Instructor, Professional Division:  Leadership

Second Place:
James Massengale and Ed Villaverde (current student), Emerging Business Issues
Ed Villaverde, Hospitality Management


Category Place Beckfield College Participant Affiliation
Strategic Analysis and Decision Making 1st Place James Massengale and Shawna Raines 2015 Graduates
Enterprise Resource Management 1st Place Shawna Raines 2015 Graduate
Professional Division:  Current Events in Business 1st Place Scott Smith Business Instructor
Professional Division:  Leadership 1st Place Scott Smith Business Instructor
Emerging Business Issues 2nd Place James Massengale and Ed Villaverde Current Student & 2015 Graduate
Hospitality Management 2nd Place Ed Villaverde Current Student


More than 1600 participants from across the United States were in attendance for this conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

“We couldn’t be more proud of these students and our instructor,” acknowledged Diane Wolfer, college president.  “These students came through our doors with life heavy on their shoulders to pave a new future through education.  To witness this success at the national level is a credit to each of them, their determination, perseverance, and their talent!”

Because more than 60% of Beckfield College’s student body is non-traditional and older than 25 years of age, their mature engagement and understanding of skills application was clearly translated into their successful results at the national competition.

“I have made lifelong friends, developed an unprecedented level of confidence, and have become a better leader, all because of the opportunities provided to me by PBL and Beckfield College. I love my school and my club and, although I have graduated, I will continue to promote the virtues of both for as long as anyone will listen to me,” James Massengale, participant and national champion in 2014 and 2015.

“Beckfield College instructors have done more than just educate us. They have gone out of their way to prepare us to take what we have learned in class and utilize our knowledge and skills on a professional level. The faith and pride upper management, instructors, and staff members have for the students reinforces my pride I have as an alumni of Beckfield,” noted Shawna Raines, 2015 graduate and recent Graduate Speaker at Beckfield College’s Spring Commencement.

In an era of colleges closing and a government focused on showcasing results, Beckfield College continues to thrive and deliver success for students and the community.

“I feel our recent successes are the culmination of Beckfield College’s commitment to our students and the business programs,” noted business instructor and national winner in the professional division, Scott Smith.

Beckfield College is a locally founded and operated college that has been delivering academic excellence in Greater Cincinnati for more than thirty years.   All three of the student and graduate competitors worked full-time while attending business classes at night to earn their Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.   Each has responsibilities for children and actively participates in the Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity chapter at Beckfield College.  The national conference and competition was a fulfilling experience for each of them.

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 About Beckfield College

Beckfield College is a degree granting institution of higher learning dedicated to preparing learners for relevant professional, technical and business careers in a diverse, ethical, student-centered environment.  Beckfield College is a locally founded and operated college that has been delivering academic excellence in Greater Cincinnati for more than thirty years.    Academics are offered at campuses in Florence, Kentucky and online.   Programs vary by location.

Beckfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The Florence, KY Campus is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The Tri-County Cincinnati, OH Campus is approved by the Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools. (Reg # 08-05-1857T)  Beckfield College is authorized by The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education.

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