Peru, Nebraska – In November, two Peru State College students and their faculty advisor had an opportunity to experience the National FBLA Collegiate Career Connections Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. (FBLA) is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world. 

Those attending the conference from Peru State were Azlyn Fendrick, a marketing major from Lincoln; Kaytlin Danner, an accounting major from Syracuse; and Dr. Sheri Grotrian, Professor of Business. Funding to support student attendance comes from the College’s SEE (Student Engagement Enhancement) Funds. 

“I was able to learn so many new and interesting ideas from the tour, speakers, and the workshops.” Fendrick stated. “I cannot wait to see what Nebraska FBLA Collegiate has in store for our State Leadership Conference in preparation as we make our way to Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, during the upcoming summer.”

Students started their conference experience with a tour of First National Bank of Omaha where a panel of employees also provided input into various roles individuals have within the organization. From there, attendees traveled to Gallup for a variety of professional development and networking sessions. The following day, the conference was hosted at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Conference Center. Multiple business leaders spoke with students and fielded numerous questions.

This annual fall conference is intended to be more high impact to allow students to become connected with leading employers. Key features include a focus on learning about what it takes to succeed in a challenging job market—interviewing skills, personal branding, and early career navigation. Over 150 students from the Midwest and beyond attended the event.