Metro Tech Student Places 3rd at FBLA Event

Posted by Community Relations Department at 8/8/2013

The one-man team of Metro Tech student Andres Partida and “Thrive” placed first at the Virtual Business Management Challenge at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, June 26-July 1.

Metro Tech had two of only eight teams nationally that qualified to compete in the finals of the Virtual Business Management Challenge, an on-line contest that began with over 500 teams and competitions in October and March.  The other Metro Tech team of Crystal Loza, Kevin Parra and Edgar Robles, named the “Dreamers,” took 5th place.   Robles and another student placed 5th nationally in this event last year, as well.

Partida, who graduated from Metro last spring and will attend Phoenix College, earned a $1,000 scholarship for his first place finish.  

The contest is intended to help teach high school students entrepreneurship, management and supervision.  Students use Virtual Business software to experience the virtual management of a warehouse distribution center.  Students must incorporate a variety of decision-making strategies and execute scheduling, planning, organizing, and financing of their business.

Twelve students from Metro Tech and one from Camelback competed in FBLA Leadership Conference by virtue of their first place finishes in state competition.