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PBL students show excellence in state competition

May 12, 2020

Heartland Community College students posted a strong showing at this year’s Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, even though they could not attend in person.

Five Heartland students placed in business-centric categories at the state competition. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference was held virtually. The testing was conducted over a two week period and sessions were held remotely April 20-May 1.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a national student organization that prepares members for careers in business. Members of PBL can compete in a variety of categories at the state and national level.

Students placing 1st or 2nd at the State Conference will compete in The National Leadership Conference, which was originally planned to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will now compete in the national virtual conference June 24-27. Heartland students will compete against over 2,000 students representing 44 colleges and universities from throughout the United States.

Five students posted top-three finishes in the state competition.

Sheyann Mathias:
1st Place, Administrative Office Professional
1st Place, Desktop Publishing
1st Place, Hospitality Management
3rd Place, Business Communications

Katie Gallagher:
1st Place, Client Services
1st Place, Job Interview

Dana Bays:
3rd Place, Cost Accounting

James Jobst & Robert Brtva:
1st Place, Web Design 

“For the past six years Heartland Community College has been supporting students competing in the Illinois Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. Even though we weren’t able to convene in Effingham this year, we have maintained our streak of having PBL students advance to the national competition,” said Phi Beta Lambda advisor Linda Lambert. “Our PBL students represent the College in a great way, showing the skills they will take into the workplace.”

The mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to provide leadership training and service opportunities to students and is a national business organization that welcomes students in any major.

At PBL conferences, students compete and attend workshops as well as listen to keynote addresses. Through this Leadership Conference and Competition, students apply what they learn in the classroom.


Written by: Steve Fast