MECC Students Place in State Competition

MECC’s Phi Beta Lambda

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that several students enrolled in Business and Information Technology classes recently placed in the statewide Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competition.

Six members of MECC’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter traveled to Richmond to complete in 11 different business categories. Five MECC students placed first and second in 8 of the 11 categories. The competition includes students from Virginia community colleges as well as four-year institutions.

Winners are:

  • Andrew Kerr – 1st place –Job Interview
  • Andrew Kerr & James Lane – 2nd place – Business Law
  • James Lane – 1st place – Desktop Publishing
  • Jessica Wells – 2nd place – Business Communications
  • Jessica Wells – 2nd place – Information Management
  • Kevin Cooper – 2nd place – Administrative Technology
  • Christian Hale – 2nd place – Future Business Educator
  • Christian Hale – 1st place – Sales Presentation
  • Sierra Holmes – participant – Principles of Accounting
  • Sierra Holmes – participant – Personal Finance
  • Kevin Cooper – participant – Marketing Concepts

Five students, Andrew Kerr, James Lane, Jessica Wells, Kevin Cooper and Christian Hale, are now eligible to compete at the national Phi Beta Lambda competition held in Anaheim, CA this summer. The competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.

The Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.

For more information on MECC’s Business Programs, visit the college’s website at or contact the Business & Information Technology division at 276.523.2400 ext. 462.