Members of the new FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) are getting ready for their first competitive competition, Winter Conference l, on January 23.
The FBLA program has recently been reintroduced to Winlock after a 3-4 year absence and, much life FFA or SkillsUSA, the focus of FBLA is to prepare students for the real world.
One student joined FBLA, "to learn more about business and if it might be something I would be interested in for a possible career."
For the Winter Conference, the thirteen students participating will each pick from a list of events to compete in. These include, but aren't limited to, things like job interviews and a parliamentary procedure team. The conference is a regional event for the Southwest area and the top four or five groups will go on to State. State this year will be held in Spokane during the month of April.
Advising the FBLA is Mrs. Megan Evander, the Computer Science and business teacher at Winlock. This is not only Mrs. Evander's first year as an advisor for a Winlock program, but also her first year as a teacher for the school district.
As an advisor, she has many goals for her program. She would like to start a middle school branch of FBLA for the school, as well as continue fundraising so that students won't have to pay so much out of pocket if they make it to State. Evander also plans to get the students more involved with the local businesses in the community. Most importantly, she wants the members to walk away with a bunch of new skills that will help them in the future.
"It's taught me many skills. How to dress appropriately (when going in for a job interview), how to talk to people, and most of all how to work well with others," said Katlyn Dunlap, president of Winlock's FBLA branch.
Miss Dunlap was a member of FBLA at her previous school and has been a proud member for four years.
FBLA is an excellent program for teaching students vital skills that they will use later as they join the workforce.
Good luck to the members competing next Monday. May you all do well!